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
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 3 nights
End: Denver

2
nights
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.
Visiting Photography Tours and Hallett Peak will get you outdoors. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder app .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Mon), do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fruita online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Estes Park to Fruita. In September, daytime highs in Fruita are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Wineries Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail in Aspen--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fruita in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Leadville National Fish Hatchery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buena Vista: Rocky Mountain Mini Golf (in Salida), Independence Pass (in Aspen) and Mount Massive Golf Course and Mt. Elbert Grill (in Leadville). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Montgomery Reservoir.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip builder tool .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Golf Wildlife

Side Trips

Leadville, Independence Pass, Rocky Mountain Mini Golf, Montgomery Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and Fountain Creek Nature Center (in Fountain). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, take a stroll through Old Colorado City, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 79°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Fountain Creek Nature Center, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins) and Mini Incline (in Castle Rock). There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder tool .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Castle Rock, River Rafting & Tubing, Crown Hill Park, New Belgium Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

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