12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

2
nights
Denver

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver travel itinerary planner .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hidee Gold Mine, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

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
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): walk around Riverside Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see a world frozen in time at Winfield.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Aspen travel route builder site .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time 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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