12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Queenstown
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
Queenstown

2
days
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 25th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek State Park. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stop by Tattered Cover Book Store, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Denver is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Denver, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
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Union Station, Denver, CO
Union Station, Denver, CO
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Tattered Cover Book Store
Tattered Cover Book Store

2
days
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 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then get engrossed in the history at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation builder.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Seven Falls ©
Seven Falls

2
days
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 29th (Sun), make a trip to Independence Pass. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Aspen by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 16°C and lows of -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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days
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 31st (Tue), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then stop by Sioux Villa Curio.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Glenwood Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in October, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Sioux Villa Curio
Sioux Villa Curio

2
days
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Kirk's Mountain Adventures Llc, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then stop by The Old Fashion Candy Store.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park tour planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in November, you will find days in Estes Park are much hotter (15°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas & Wellness

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