15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 3 nights
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
4
Canon City
— 1 night
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
6
Aspen
— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Mall and St. John's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Denver with an excursion to Many Parks Curve Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park--about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, browse the fresh offerings at The Source, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver journey planning tool.

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, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Hovenweep National Monument and Point Lookout Trail. Popular historic sites such as Cliff Palace and Long House are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores (about 58 minutes away). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planning website.

You can fly from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
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.
Old Colorado City and Manitou Cliff Dwellings will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
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.
On the 20th (Thu), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City online attractions planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about an hour. September in Canon City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in September, with highs in Buena Vista at 73°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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.
Start off your visit 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

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Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Spas · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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