12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
On the 21st (Sat), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park. Traveling from New York City in September, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs vacation maker tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll around Riverside Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around McPhelemy Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista travel planning tool .

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 little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Adventure

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip maker site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Aspen sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

2
nights
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 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip planner.

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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