15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Manchester

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Discover how to plan a Denver trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Manchester, UK to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in August: high temperatures in Denver hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning app.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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 (Thu): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, thenexplore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park journey maker tool.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sat), get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, thenshop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, thenexplore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip builder website.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Earthwood Artisans, thentake in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, thentake in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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Drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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