11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Bakersfield
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Bakersfield

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.
On the 8th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner .

Bakersfield to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bakersfield to Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bakersfield in October; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 69°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then cruise along Independence Pass.

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Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 60°F and lows are around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

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

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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