13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Dillon
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Georgetown Loop Railroad. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Flatirons and then make a trip to Pearl Street Mall.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver road trip planning website.

Saint Louis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect Denver to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 52°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Trails · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. You will leave for Vail on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Spas

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Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 24th (Thu), take a stroll through Vail Valley.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vail journey maker website.

Drive from Estes Park to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dillon.

Things to do in Vail

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

1
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Dillon

The Town of Dillon is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Guanella Pass, revel in the low prices at Outlets at Silverthorne, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dillon holiday planner.

You can drive from Vail to Dillon in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Dillon

Shopping · Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
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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 26th (Sat): deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Dillon to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Dillon in September, plan for warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

3
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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Maroon Bells has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.