10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen online trip maker .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 62°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
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 11th (Mon), get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in May, with highs in Colorado Springs at 68°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then walk around Horseshoe Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning site .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horseshoe Park ©
Horseshoe Park

2
nights
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 (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Beer Tastings & Tours
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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