11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum and Aspen Art Museum. Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Castle Creek Road. Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (River Rafting & Tubing, Grizzly Creek Trail, & more). There's lots more to do: cruise along Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and trek along West Maroon Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen online travel route planner .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in August: highs in Aspen hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Ashcroft Ghost Town ©
Ashcroft Ghost Town

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 18th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, then get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planning app .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and Museum Of Friends. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and North Cheyenne Canon Park. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, engage your brain at Peterson Air & Space Museum, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in August, with highs in Colorado Springs at 83°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Museum Of Friends, River Rafting & Tubing
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Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Museum Of Friends ©
Museum Of Friends

few
hours
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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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