11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery and Western Museum of Mining and Industry will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Glen Eyrie Castle and North Cheyenne Canon Park. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Divide (Mueller State Park & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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Orlando to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in October, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are much colder (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Forney Museum of Transportation, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, explore the landscape on two wheels at Cherry Creek Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Center for Colorado Women's History, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver day trip website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheep Lakes, delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, stroll through Lily Lake Trailhead, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Irene, trek along Tundra Communities Trail, stroll through Never Summer Ranch, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, and finally hike along North Inlet Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. October in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Thu), hike along Never Summer Ranch, stroll through Tundra Communities Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, then trek along North Inlet Trail, and finally stroll through Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online sightseeing planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Estes Park is very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Aspen

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Grottos Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip planning tool.

Fly from Estes Park to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 60°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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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.