13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Golden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Antonio

1
night
Denver

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bluebird Theater, Cheesman Park and Molly Brown House Museum. On the 3rd (Fri), explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cheesman Park, then catch a live performance at Bluebird Theater, and finally indulge your taste buds at The Source.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver sightseeing tool .

San Antonio to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Antonio in August, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 85°F and lows about 58°F. You'll set off for Rocky Mountain National Park on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Denver

Nightlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bluebird Theater ©
Bluebird Theater
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum
Cheesman Park ©
Cheesman 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stanley Hotel Tour as well as Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection and then get a taste of local nightlife at Stanley Hotel Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rocky Mountain National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Golden.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

3
nights
Golden

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Explore Golden's surroundings by going to Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen) and Boulder (Flatirons, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, & more). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a sense of history and politics at United States Mint, see the interesting displays at Colorado Railroad Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Breweries.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Golden route planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Golden in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Golden, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Golden

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder, Dinosaur Ridge, River Rafting & Tubing, Carousel of Happiness, United States Mint
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater Lake Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, and then cruise along Independence Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and finally grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aspen route planning website .

Drive from Golden to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Aspen is a bit cooler than Golden - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
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. To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can 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
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, stroll around Garden of the Gods, then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs driving holiday app .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in August, with highs in Colorado Springs at 83°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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