13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  30​min
1
Boulder
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  1​h
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Denver

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Flatirons and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pearl Street Mall. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Boulder Creek Path, then explore the stunning scenery at Eldorado Canyon, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Avery Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder online route planner .

Denver to Boulder is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October in Boulder, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Eldorado Canyon ©
Eldorado Canyon
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

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 14th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in October; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 59°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 15th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Theme Parks Adventure
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy and then make a trip to Independence Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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.
Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Miramont Castle Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Divide (Horsethief Falls & Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Pikes Peak, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 67°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Divide, Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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