10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Sat), visit Estes Park Guided Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Estes Park travel route site.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Idaho Springs

— 1 night
The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, then go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Idaho Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Idaho Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, things will get much colder in Idaho Springs: highs are around 50°F and lows about 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Idaho Springs in August: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, explore the activities along Clear Creek Reservoir, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in August; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, cruise along Independence Pass, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen day trip website.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.