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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Syracuse

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You'll get in some beach time at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Miramont Castle Museum, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Visit Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, and take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Summit Lake Park, then trek along St Mary's Glacier, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Idaho Springs attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Idaho Springs takes 2.5 hours. In August, Idaho Springs is much colder than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 50°F and lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, take in the exciting artwork at Two Wild Sisters, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online day trip planner .

Getting from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in August, you will find days in Buena Vista are warmer (77°F), and nights are a bit warmer (47°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Two Wild Sisters
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River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. We've included these beaches for you: Independence Pass and Hanging Lake Trail. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through White River National Forest.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Aspen, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, White River National Forest
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fruita trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Fruita in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Fruita reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

3
nights
Durango

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 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then explore and take pictures at James Ranch, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by Honeyville and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Durango road trip app .

You can drive from Fruita to Durango in 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fruita in August: high temperatures in Durango hover around 82°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Tours Outdoors
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San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing
James Ranch ©
James Ranch

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