11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Austin

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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online vacation builder .

Austin to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Aspen. Traveling from Austin in November, expect Aspen to be much colder, temps between 47°F and 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then shop like a local with Bear Necessities & Cubs, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and finally walk around Estes Park Visitor Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online route planner .

Getting from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in November, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 57°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Photography Tours

3
nights
Denver

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley), Annual Flower Trial Garden (in Fort Collins) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Annual Flower Trial Garden, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Carousel of Happiness
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in November, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
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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