12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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.
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: walk around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum.

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Atlanta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Miramont Castle Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally see the interesting displays at Moraine Park Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Moraine Park Museum ©
Moraine Park Museum

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 22nd (Thu): stroll around Buena Vista River Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

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Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): trek along Cascade Falls Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

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You can drive from Buena Vista to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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.
Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Hanging Lake Trail, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip app .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hanging Lake Trail
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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