11 days in Colorado & New Mexico Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Colorado Springs — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll around Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

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Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Kansas City in September, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Santa Fe.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Santa Fe — 2 nights

City Different

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa fe Society of Artists, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then look for gifts at Malouf on the Plaza, and finally make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and finally take an exotic tour of Southwest Safaris.

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You can fly from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Fe can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Aspen — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

On the 20th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, then cruise along Independence Pass, and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

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You can fly from Santa Fe to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 26°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stop by Glen Haven General Store, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Hallett Peak, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

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Getting from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Denver — 2 nights

Mile-High City

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

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Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Colorado travel guide

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.

New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.