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
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Independence Pass and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aspen driving holiday planner .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Aspen are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are cooler (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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 25th (Wed): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista tour planning tool .

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 79°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get around town with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Canon City day trip planning app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by combination of bus and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 94°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in July, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Glacier Creek Stables, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

Plan trip to Rocky Mountain National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

3
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 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park travel route planning app .

Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Flatirons, Carousel of Happiness
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Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Horseback Riding Tours
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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