11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Aspen

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, cruise along Independence Pass, and stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planning app.

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect nights in Aspen to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista road trip planning app.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Idaho Springs

— 1 night
The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): cruise along Guanella Pass, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Idaho Springs trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Idaho Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Idaho Springs, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Idaho Springs in August, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (89°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

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.