12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Durango
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Canon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Durango Hot Springs.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online attractions planner.

Pittsburgh to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Durango, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in September, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Nature
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Aspen

Aspen ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then cruise along Independence Pass.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aspen online travel route planner.

Getting from Durango to Aspen by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Must see
Maroon Bells
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Scenic Drive
Independence Pass
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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista holiday builder.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
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Canon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

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Outdoor Activity
Royal Gorge Anglers
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Canon City in September, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

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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 27th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. On your second day here, trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Must see
Trail Ridge Road
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Water Body
Bear Lake
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Denver

Denver ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see where the action happens at Coors Field, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Chocolate Lab. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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Arena / Stadium
Coors Field
4.7

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