13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver travel route planning site.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Adventure

Side Trips

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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Brownfield's, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park vacation builder tool.

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 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Photography Tours

3
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Aspen

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.
Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, get lost in a book at Pitkin County Library, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 31st (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

3
nights
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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder tool.

Drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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