14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Montrose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
End: Denver

3
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Visiting Crag Crest Trail and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park will get you outdoors. Explore Montrose's surroundings by going to Yankee Girl Mine (in Ouray), Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West and examine the collection at Ute Indian Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Montrose trip itinerary planning site .

Denver to Montrose is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In October in Montrose, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls, Crag Crest Trail, Yankee Girl Mine
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Crag Crest Trail ©
Crag Crest Trail

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Independence Pass and Windstar Land Conservancy. There's much more to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, stroll through Difficult Creek Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Montrose to Aspen takes 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Montrose in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 18°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Vail Recreation Path and then cruise along Guanella Pass. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sally Barber Mine Trail and then ski along the peaceful trails at French Gulch.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge visit website .

Drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sally Barber Mine Trail, Guanella Pass, Vail Recreation Path
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Sally Barber Mine Trail ©
Sally Barber Mine Trail

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Photography Tours and Sheep Lakes. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Hallett Peak). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in October, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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 14th (Mon): expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and finally look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Garden of the Gods and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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