15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Malmo
Fly:  19​h
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Denver
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Malmo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then browse the fresh offerings at The Source. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Denver online trip maker .

Malmo, Sweden to Denver is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Malmo to Denver. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malmo in September: highs in Denver hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at McAllister House, then go for a walk through Pikes Peak, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Canon City travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

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
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canon City in September, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Durango

Durango ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durango day trip website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
River Rafting & Tubing

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Ouray hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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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 (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains. On your second day here, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company, then take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

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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 24th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake

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