10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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night
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 16th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then indulge your taste buds at The Source. On your second day here, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denver road trip app .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City day trip app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

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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 23rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the next day, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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