12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— Few hours
Drive
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Copper Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leadville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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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 25th (Tue): get lost in a book at Denver Public Library.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver trip maker tool.

Houston to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in September: highs in Denver hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 52°F. You'll set off for Estes Park on the 26th (Wed).
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center and then look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Estes Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping

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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): trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planning app.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Copper Mountain.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Copper Mountain

Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to New Village.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Copper Mountain trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Copper Mountain in 3 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September: highs in Copper Mountain hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Copper Mountain

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Breckenridge

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 29th (Sat), hike along McCullough Gulch, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and finally sample the fine beverages at Breckenridge Distillery. Keep things going the next day: get answers to all your questions at Breckenridge Welcome Center, make a trip to The O2 Lounge, see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House, then look for gifts at Alpine Sports, and finally tee off at Breckenridge Golf Club.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip builder tool.

Breckenridge is very close to Copper Mountain. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Trails

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Leadville

Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): hike along Mineral Belt Trail. On your second day here, trek along Leadville National Fish Hatchery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Leadville travel planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Leadville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in October, plan for little chillier nights in Leadville, with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.
On the 4th (Thu), see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen travel site.

Traveling by car from Leadville to Aspen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Leadville in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.