11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 13th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Coors Field and then stop by Belmar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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 17th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then trek along Pikes Peak. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

Plan trip to Canon City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: highs in Canon City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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 20th (Mon): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Buena Vista vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aspen tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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