15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Fly

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 15th (Sat), stop by Earthwood Artisans, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Milner Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 9°C and lows at -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, catch a live event at Coors Field, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip website.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 20th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, then walk around Garden of the Gods, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Aspen

— 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, try your luck at Snowmass Rodeo, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in December, with highs in Aspen at 1°C and lows at -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Durango trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Durango sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Shopping · Museums

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.