15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
When in Denver, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, stroll around Crown Hill Park, ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol, and get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver trip builder website .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in June, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Miramont Castle Museum, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Earthen Vessel Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at The Springs Resort & Spa, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Durango day trip site .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Durango are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Telluride.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
Grand Junction

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Keep things going the next day: get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction road trip planning app .

You can drive from Durango to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get a bit warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 93°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Meadery of the Rockies, Colorado National Monument, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park

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