16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
2
Greeley
— 1 night
3
Denver
— 2 nights
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
6
Ouray
— 1 night
7
Durango
— 3 nights

S M T W T F S
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Milner Pass). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Louisville to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Louisville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Greeley.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours

1
night
Greeley

Greeley ©
The City of Greeley is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Centennial Village Museum: Living Heritage Experience, examine the collection at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, and then examine the collection at Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Greeley day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Greeley takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Greeley are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Greeley

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum ©
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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 (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hotel de Paris Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, then take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and finally explore the activities along Crown Hill Park. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denver vacation planner.

Getting from Greeley to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs visit planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, cruise along Independence Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Aspen day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

3
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 16th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Balcony House, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Off-Road Tours

Similar plans

20 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 4 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 3 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 6 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 6 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 17 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 23 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 8 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 6 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy
See more plans