15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at 16th Street Mall and Denver Botanic Gardens. For shopping fun, head to Pearl Street Mall or Tattered Cover Bookstore. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Union Station, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and admire all the interesting features of University of Colorado at Boulder.

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London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. For shopping fun, head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery or Purple Mountain Taffy Company. Take a break from Estes Park with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Fort Collins, about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planning app .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
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.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planning website .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through McPhelemy Park, then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

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
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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Independence Pass, stop by Gene Taylor Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
River Rafting & Tubing

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