16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Willemstad, Curacao
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Willemstad, Curacao

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen online tour itinerary planner .

Willemstad, Curacao to Aspen is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Willemstad to Aspen is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Willemstad in September, expect nights in Aspen to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Canon City route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in October: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 25°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route builder .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Canon City in October, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Bear Lake, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): pick up some local products at The Source, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then stop by Animas Chocolate Company, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): look for gifts at Honeyville, then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Durango Craft Spirits ©
Durango Craft Spirits

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