15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  17​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Lisbon

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Colorado Springs is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. June in Canon City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Getting from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canon City in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then stop by Snowmass Sports.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Milner Pass. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at 16th Street Mall and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion. Head to Pearl Street Mall and Outlets at Castle Rockfor some retail therapy. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Boulder County Farmers Market, Dairy Arts Center, & more), The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops (in Castle Rock) and Southlands (in Aurora). Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and indulge your taste buds at The Source.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Castle Rock, Southlands, Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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