13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Alma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
10
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

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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.
To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver route maker app .

Pittsburgh to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Pittsburgh in September since evenings lows in Denver dip to 52°F. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): walk around Estes Park Visitor Center.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Forest Canyon Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park visit planning website .

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short distance from Estes Park. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alma.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook

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Alma

Alma ©
Alma is a Statutory Town located in Park County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Park Brewing Colorado, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, and then get outside with Mt democrat alma colorado. On your second day here, wander the wide-open spaces of American Safari Ranch, take a memorable drive along Kenosha Pass, and then identify plant and animal life at Montgomery Reservoir.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Alma trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Alma takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, expect nights in Alma to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are colder, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Alma

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fairplay
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Kenosha Pass ©
Kenosha Pass
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir

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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.
To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Alma to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Alma, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. You'll set off for Glenwood Springs on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs vacation planner .

Getting from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore and take pictures at South Rim Road and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park itinerary planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 79°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Step out of Canon City to go to Rye and see Bishop Castle, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Canon City in 4 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in Canon City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Bishop Castle, Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): walk around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker tool .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Canon City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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Denver

Denver ©
On the 15th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver route planning app .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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