12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip website.

Detroit to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Detroit in October, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Georgetown (Guanella Pass & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at The Colorado Freedom Memorial, get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver journey maker app.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park route planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Aspen

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Lost Man Trail, and get great views at Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online vacation planner.

Fly from Estes Park to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in October, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.