11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Newark

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen day trip 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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in May, with highs in Aspen at 63°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Snowmass Rodeo, Thermal Spas
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Thermal Spas
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Buena Vista River Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista online route planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista River Park ©
Buena Vista River Park

2
days
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 16th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Spas & Wellness

3
days
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

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You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

few
hours
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canon City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in May, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 68°F and lows at 32°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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