11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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 (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Aspen is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -17 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Aspen. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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 17th (Mon): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip builder tool .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Canon City journey planner.

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in September; daily highs in Canon City reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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 19th (Wed): get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Canon City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Rocky Mountain National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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.
On the 20th (Thu), browse the fresh offerings at The Source, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stroll through Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver vacation planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection 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, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder app .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

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

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