12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durango trip maker app .

Los Angeles to Durango is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Durango to be much colder, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Denver Zoo and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Durango to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Durango in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

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River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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 16th (Mon): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. September in Canon City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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 21st (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in September, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip site .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 23rd (Mon) to allow 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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