16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
New York City

4
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Dardano's Shoes, stroll through Denver Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denver travel itinerary creator.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field
Mount Evans

3
days
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and The Old Fashion Candy Store (in Estes Park). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip generator.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake
Carousel of Happiness

3
days
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Downtown Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village) and Glenwood Springs (Doc Holliday's Grave & Thermal Spas). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Aspen Brewing Co, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen itinerary builder.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In November, Aspen is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 43°F and lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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