10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies and then do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fruita using our trip planner.

Indianapolis to Fruita is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Fruita is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Fruita when traveling from Indianapolis in October, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Palisade, Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen planning app .

Drive from Fruita to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in October, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 60°F and lows about 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Canon City.

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Canon City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
On the 18th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olympic Training Center, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Canon City in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

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

2
nights
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 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, then explore the activities along Bear Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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