12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Bernardino
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fruita
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: San Bernardino

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista visit planner.

San Bernardino to Buena Vista is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Bernardino to Buena Vista due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Bernardino in July, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 80°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Bear Creek Nature Center. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Colorado Springs at 86°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
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 18th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Estes Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Independence Pass. Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs--about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 81°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll around Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): admire nature's extreme beauty at North Fruita Desert.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fruita road trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Fruita in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in July, things will get a bit warmer in Fruita: highs are around 93°F and lows about 64°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
North Fruita Desert ©
North Fruita Desert
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

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