11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Oklahoma City

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker .

Oklahoma City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Oklahoma City to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. In August, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier than Oklahoma City - with highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek), River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City) and Mueller State Park (in Divide). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mueller State Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll around Riverside Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see a world frozen in time at Winfield.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 77°F and lows at 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
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.
Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Doc Holliday's Grave, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planning site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Doc Holliday's Grave
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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