15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route builder

Make it your trip
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Gateway
— 1 night
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 Estes Park with a short trip to Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, and cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip app.

Miami to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Miami to Estes Park. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in April; daily highs in Estes Park reach 64°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail). There's still lots to do: stroll through Aspen Snowmass, deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, get great views at Independence Pass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen travel planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Aspen by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in April, with highs in Aspen at 53°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gateway.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Gateway

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.

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You can drive from Aspen to Gateway in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in April; daily highs in Gateway reach 62°F and lows reach 35°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Gateway

Museums

Denver

— 4 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, learn insider's secrets on Laws Whiskey House, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Gateway to Denver takes 5 hours. April in Denver sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.