11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Buena Vista
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  2​h
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen online vacation planner .

Newark to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Newark, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip website .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in August, with highs in Canon City at 89°F and lows at 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

3
nights
Colorado Springs

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, and go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip builder .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Colorado Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
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 14th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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.
On the 15th (Wed), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at The Source, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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