11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Subway:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Coors Brewery has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver online sightseeing planner .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Coors Brewery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, stop by Brownfield's, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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 29th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then explore and take pictures at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online travel planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Tue), 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 Vicksburg.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in September; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 73°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

4
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village) and Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, & more). There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (47°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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