11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Bus:  1​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

4
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.
You've added National Museum of World War II Aviation, Rainbow Ryders, Healing Springs Health Spa, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Pikes Peak and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Change things up with a short trip to 300 Days of Shine in Monument (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, and explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Healing Springs Health Spa, 300 Days of Shine, Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colorado Jeep Tours as well as Skyline Drive. On the 19th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of The Abbey Events Complex, cruise along Skyline Drive, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: see Colorado Jeep Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canon City road trip planning app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in an hour. September in Canon City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Colorado Jeep Tours ©
Colorado Jeep Tours
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

2
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Independence Pass and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

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Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Independence Pass, Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio as well as Trail Ridge Road. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then relax and rejuvenate at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio, and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Denver in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Denver: highs are around 79°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Denver

Spas Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour

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