12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

2
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, cruise along Independence Pass, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around The John Denver Sanctuary.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planner.

Saint Louis to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Aspen. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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 30th (Tue): stroll around Riverside Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then see a world frozen in time at Winfield.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Buena Vista vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Hidee Gold Mine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Estes Park (Brownfield's & Aspen and Evergreen Gallery), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Room Escape Games (in Broomfield). There's much more to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denver road trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness, Hidee Gold Mine, River Rafting & Tubing, Room Escape Games
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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