17 days in Colorado & Seattle Itinerary

17 days in Colorado & Seattle Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado & Seattle Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
8
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field and then stop by Belmar. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip site .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Belmar
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
On the 11th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then don't miss a visit to Independence Pass.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Aspen road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August; daily highs in Aspen reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then admire the natural beauty at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City journey planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, things will get a bit warmer in Canon City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Colorado Springs to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado 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
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Seattle.

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

5
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Olympic National Park (Murhut Falls & Hood Canal). Dedicate the 24th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Seattle in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mesa Verde National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, you will find days in Seattle are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are a bit warmer (61°F). You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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