13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  30 h
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  32 h
End: New York City

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.
Estes Park is known for nightlife, scenic drive, museums, shopping, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary maker app .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Estes Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Horseback Riding Tours
Photography Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. On your second day here, listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver trip tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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 15th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Buena Vista River Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 77°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
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 16th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Aspen sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks
Highlights from your plan
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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