15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  15​h
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Lima

2
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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planning site .

Lima, Peru to Aspen is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Lima in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Aspen, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

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
Aspen Music Festival and School ©
Aspen Music Festival and School

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista attractions planner.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel route builder .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): trek along Point Lookout Trail and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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.
Get some historical perspective at Union Station and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion. Change things up with a short trip to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Summit Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

1
night
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 7th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. October in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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