13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

3
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.
Keep things going the next day: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary maker app .

Minneapolis to Aspen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Aspen is slightly colder than Minneapolis - with highs of 63°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), go for a walk through Pikes Peak and then tee off at The Broadmoor Golf Courses. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online travel route 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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in May: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 69°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Golf
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
The Broadmoor Golf Courses ©
The Broadmoor Golf Courses

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.
On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip builder .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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 the city life by going to Mount Evans and Denver Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Idaho Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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