15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Midland

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Your inner history buff will appreciate 16th Street Mall and Union Station. When in Denver, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pick up some local products at The Source, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary app .

Midland to Denver is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Midland to Denver. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cliff Palace and Hovenweep National Monument. Take a break from Mesa Verde National Park with a short trip to The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and trek along Point Lookout Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in September, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Visit Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings for their historical value. Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City vacation planning website .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. September in Canon City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in September, with highs in Buena Vista at 73°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 22nd (Sat), stop by Snowmass Sports and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Aspen online vacation planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Spas Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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