15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h
7
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires

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 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park vacation planning tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in June, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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.
Visit Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings for their historical value. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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

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 25th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 30°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Rifle Gap State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and then browse the collection at Rifle Branch Library.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rifle trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Aspen to Rifle in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect Rifle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Branch Library ©
Rifle Branch Library

1
day
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.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Boulder (Flatirons & Humane Society of Boulder Valley). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Union Station, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Denver, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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