11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Denver is an approximately 6.5-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 Toronto to Denver. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect nights in Denver to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Hidee Gold Mine
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Spas

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can 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. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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 (Tue): stroll around Riverside Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see a world frozen in time at Winfield.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista route tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 26°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 18th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aspen visit planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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