12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chattanooga

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive, and then get interesting insight from Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and then trek along Tunnel Drive.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip itinerary builder app .

Chattanooga to Canon City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Canon City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chattanooga in October, expect Canon City to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 45°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and Cottonwood Creek Park. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail (in Castle Rock) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Canon City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

2
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.
Backbone Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Backbone Adventures. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online vacation planner .

Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. In October, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Backbone Adventures ©
Backbone Adventures
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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 19th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies and then take in breathtaking views at Colorado National Monument.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fruita tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Estes Park to Fruita. In October, daily temperatures in Fruita can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Meadery of the Rockies
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Fruita to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fruita in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 60°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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