14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Cooper Corner Gallery, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Independence Pass, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen visit planner .

Portland to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Portland to Aspen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Aspen, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow 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
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hagerman Tunnel and then head outdoors with Mt democrat alma colorado.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Mt democrat alma colorado, Hagerman Tunnel
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Hagerman Tunnel ©
Hagerman Tunnel

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.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Colorado Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4
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 Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs), Spas (in Estes Park) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver vacation builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Summit Lake Park, Trail Ridge Road, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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