16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planning tool .

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Visit 16th Street Mall and Denver Union Station for their historical value. The adventure continues: enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Miramont Castle Museum. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker app .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Miramont Castle Museum, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in August; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Elevation Beer Company, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Cooper Corner Gallery, & more) and Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen route maker app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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