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 30 min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
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.
Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Buena Vista to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online travel route planner .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Aspen to be colder, around 41°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at McInnis Canyons Conservation Area and then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fruita trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Aspen to Fruita in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in October; daily highs in Fruita reach 67°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

2
nights
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 3rd (Thu): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cache La Poudre Wilderness, look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park holiday tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fruita to Estes Park. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, stroll the grounds of Fort Logan National Cemetary, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey), River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

Plan trip to Colorado Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation

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