10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Peoria
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Fairplay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  4​h
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Peoria

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen route planner .

Peoria to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Peoria to Aspen is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Peoria in October, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 60°F and lows about 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Fairplay.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Fairplay

Fairplay ©
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Kenosha Pass, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Park Brewing Colorado, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fairplay online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fairplay takes 2.5 hours. In October, Fairplay is a bit cooler than Aspen - with highs of 52°F and lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fairplay

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Breweries
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Kenosha Pass ©
Kenosha Pass
South Park Brewing Colorado ©
South Park Brewing Colorado

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Fairplay to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Fairplay in November, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 57°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Start your trip to Mesa Verde National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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 6th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally explore and take pictures at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at The Source, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Denver sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Union Station ©
Union Station
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

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