11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  5​h
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Tampa

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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 29th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Coors Field and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Tampa to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tampa, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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night
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.
On the 30th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip site .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

#Nature, #Parks
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

1
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Canon City

Canon City
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City route website .

Getting from Aspen to Canon City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Canon City: highs are around 83°F and lows about 56°F. On the 1st (Mon), you're off toColorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker tool .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Canon City in October, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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nights
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.
You've now added Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): stop by Honeyville, hike along Animas River Trail, and then delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durango trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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nights
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.
On the 6th (Sat), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

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Getting from Durango to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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