15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Aspen

— 2 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. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, stop by Snowmass Sports, and see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen day trip planning app.

Lima, Peru to Aspen is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in September since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Spas · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
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 get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Cañon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in September; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 30°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lookout Trail and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: see where the action happens at Coors Field, get a taste of the local shopping with The Source, steep yourself in history at Grant-Humphreys Mansion, and take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 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 · Museums

Side Trip

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 7th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

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.