11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Nashville

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park) and New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins). And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Nashville to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Nashville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Earthwood Artisans, New Belgium Brewing Company
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District and then trek along Pikes Peak.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel route website .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

Plan trip to Canon City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Mon), stroll through Buena Vista River Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Canon City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Visiting Independence Pass and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will get you outdoors. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and stop by Snowmass Sports.

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Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Spas Parks

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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