18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 4 nights

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Canon City (Royal Gorge Helitours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Atlanta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Atlanta in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 79°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, stroll around Crown Hill Park, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience ©
Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours

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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.
On the 5th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites. Keep things going the next day: hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip site.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trip

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Zipline
Off-Road Tours
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Ouray travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Off-Road Tours
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and get the lay of the land with Dean's Aspen Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aspen online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 30°F in Aspen. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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