16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning website .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crown Hill Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally stroll around Estes Park Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

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
Spas

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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and trek along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

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Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado 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 ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pike National Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Riverside Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 77°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fairplay, Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, get interesting insight from Tours, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Long House and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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