15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Saint Louis

2
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Denver route planning tool .

Saint Louis to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Carousel of Happiness
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. June in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

3
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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen travel tool .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango trip planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Durango are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

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