16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 3 nights
End: Denver

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Photography Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mesa Verde National Park (Long House, Balcony House, & more). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Honeyville, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

Before you visit Durango, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Estes Park to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Estes Park in September since evenings lows in Durango dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aspen itinerary planner.

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Thu), stroll around Riverside Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista visit planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 79°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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

3
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.
Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation maker .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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