11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip maker site .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Aspen is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from San Juan to Aspen, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Juan in August, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista attractions planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Canon City vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 37°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker .

Drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Canon City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs tour planning app .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, 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

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