13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
Kids will enjoy Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum.

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Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Denver when traveling from Philadelphia in October, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Carousel of Happiness
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
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.
Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park to go to Estes Park and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Off-Road Tours

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and Expanding Minds Unlimited - The Colorado Springs Children's Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs) and Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Rio Grande Trail, explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in November: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 47°F and lows are around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carbondale Branch Library, Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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