11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

3
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.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Estes Park (Spas & Dancing Pines Distillery) and New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online visit planner .

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Minneapolis in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries Adventure

Side Trips

Estes Park, River Rafting & Tubing, New Belgium Brewing Company, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Bear Dance Golf Club will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, walk around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Miramont Castle Museum, Bear Dance Golf Club, River Rafting & Tubing
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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 24th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Aspen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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