11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 17-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): walk around Buena Vista River Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista journey planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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Aspen

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.
Family-friendly places like Maroon Bells and Independence Pass will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Thermal Spas about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker website.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.