15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker app .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
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: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, explore the galleries of Art Center of Estes Park Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Hidee Gold Mine, Carousel of Happiness
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 20th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Guanella Pass, then don't miss a visit to Oxygen Bar, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Loveland Pass, grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, and then go for a walk through Vail Pass Path.

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Drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you will find days in Breckenridge are cooler (58°F), and nights are slightly colder (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Guanella Pass, Loveland Pass, Vail Recreation Path
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Guanella Pass ©
Guanella Pass
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Poudre Canyon, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Pike National Forest.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pike National Forest, Poudre Canyon
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River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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