14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Indianapolis

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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): walk around Riverside Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista journey maker website .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Thermal Spas, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Estes Park

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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & River Rafting & Tubing), Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get your bearings at Estes Park Visitor Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Aspen to Estes Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Estes Park reach 81°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Carousel of Happiness, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Denver travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hidee Gold Mine, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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