11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

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Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Attractions like Trail Ridge Road and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Many Parks Curve Overlook (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Horseback Riding Tours (in Estes Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 14th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista tour site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Maroon Bells and The John Denver Sanctuary. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Aspen sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.