15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Abu Dhabi

1
day
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 27th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs travel planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

1
day
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 29th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, thendelve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, thendelve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Durango online trip maker.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Durango are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St. Columba Catholic Church ©
St. Columba Catholic Church

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 31st (Wed), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thenwalk around Buena Vista River Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista journey planner.

Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): cruise along Skyline Drive, thentrek along Tunnel Drive, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Canon City at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): walk around Garden of the Gods and then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenget in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online tour planner.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Traveling from Canon City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Colorado Springs: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Denver Union Station and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Colorado Cherry Company (in Loveland) and Estes Park (Photography Tours & Images of Rocky Mountain National Park). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, catch a live event at Coors Field, and see the interesting displays at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Denver, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Denver sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Estes Park, Golden, Colorado Cherry Company, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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