12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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 some historical perspective at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District. Step out of the city life by going to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Divide to see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs sightseeing website .

Los Angeles to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
night
Denver

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 12th (Wed), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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 13th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Hallett Peak.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Adventure Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
You've now added Maroon Lake Scenic Trail to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Independence Pass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Aspen driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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