15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake Trail, & more) and Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Aspen day trip 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 October, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (60°F), and nights are much colder (30°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Carbondale Branch Library
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Rocky Mountain National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in October: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road 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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and stroll around Crown Hill Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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