13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

4
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.
Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, stop by Snowmass Sports, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planning site .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canon City driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

4
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and examine the collection at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
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

3
nights
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.
Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO, and stroll through Denver Zoo.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver journey builder site .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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