13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
End: Denver

4
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.
Attractions like Carousel of Happiness and Keystone Ski Area make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Bear Lake, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and cruise along Old Fall River Road.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone Ski Area, Carousel of Happiness
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Attractions like Vail Valley Escape Room and Summit Lake Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Breckenridge with an excursion to Vail Mountain Resort in Vail--about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Frisco Bay Marina and make a trip to Main Street.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge tour builder site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Vail Mountain Resort, Frisco Bay Marina, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen sightseeing app .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Tue), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista online trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in October, with highs in Canon City at 71°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip tool .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in October, expect little chillier with lows of 39°F in Colorado Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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