11 days in Las Vegas & Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Las Vegas & Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Las Vegas & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  6​h
1
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip builder website .

Des Moines to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Las Vegas is minus 2 hours. In September, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than Des Moines - with highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, make a trip to Olympic Training Center, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be cooler, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, adventure, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, cruise along Independence Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen route builder .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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