15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  7​h
1
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at John McConnell Math and Science Center. On your second day here, walk around Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip itinerary maker website .

Indianapolis to Grand Junction is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 40°F in Grand Junction. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area ©
Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake Trail, & more) and Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen itinerary builder .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in October, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Carbondale Branch Library
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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.
Rocky Mountain National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

3
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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver day trip site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Pack the 16th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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