13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Johnson's Park Miniature Golf & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Aspen tour itinerary maker site .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
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 31st (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours and then get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

Plan a trip to Buena Vista easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then whizz through the canopy at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Canon City online journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 94°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been added to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
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

2
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 the 5th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Coors Field and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, stop by Dardano's Shoes and then meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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