10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver road trip website .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Idaho Springs
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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 13th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, stop by Brownfield's, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then hike along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs journey planning app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Mon), stroll around Riverside Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online road trip planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

3
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 17th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip tool .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Aspen, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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