15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  7​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Syracuse

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and North Pole - Santa's Workshop will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip site .

Syracuse to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), stroll around Riverside Park, stop by Two Wild Sisters, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Two Wild Sisters, Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Two Wild Sisters ©
Two Wild Sisters

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, stroll through Lost Man Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aspen online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mesa Verde National Park (Long House, Balcony House, & more) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Honeyville, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip tool .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
nights
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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Carousel of Happiness make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Littleton Museum (in Littleton) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Denver vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durango in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 58°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Carousel of Happiness, River Rafting & Tubing, Littleton Museum
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Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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