17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Vilnius International Airport

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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls and then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Colorado Springs is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Vilnius to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in September: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 14th (Fri), cruise along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cañon City online travel planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Cañon City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September in Cañon City, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): hike along Piedra River Trail and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cañon City to Pagosa Springs in 4 hours. Traveling from Cañon City in September, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 17th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride), Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray route planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then walk around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get answers to all your questions at Breckenridge Welcome Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, then get interesting insight from Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, and then hike along Booth Falls Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vail attractions planner.

Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Vail, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Vail in September, plan for warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.