15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

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.
You've now added Mesa Verde Colorado to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past with Mesa Verde Colorado, and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ute Mountain Tribal Park, then pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park route tool .

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Four Corners Monument, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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.
You've now added Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and then stop by Honeyville.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 18th (Wed), you're off toAspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Aspen online road trip planner .

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in July, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canon City tour builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 94°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to U.S. Olympic Training Center, then look for gifts at Criterium Bicycles, and then stroll through Pikes Peak.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 25th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online day trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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.
On the 27th (Fri), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Dardano's Shoes and then meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary 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. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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