15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Columbus

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.
16th Street Mall and Union Station will appeal to history buffs. Head to Pearl Street Mall and The Sourcefor some retail therapy. Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver online tour itinerary planner .

Columbus to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Columbus in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Estes Park online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Park Point, don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Ruins Road, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Powerhouse Science Center, then explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durango online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. August in Durango sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rifle Gap State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel planning website .

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in August, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park, then take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip builder app .

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. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Garden of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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