12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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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.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and stop by Old Colorado City.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online route planner.

Los Angeles to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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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 12th (Wed): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, then don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip maker.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

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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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel route builder app.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short distance from Estes Park. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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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.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs vacation planning website.

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. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (66°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Independence Pass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Aspen road trip tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. You will leave for home on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.