15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip itinerary planner .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & River Rafting & Tubing), Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park online vacation planner .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 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 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

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
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Poudre Canyon and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): stroll around Buena Vista River Park and then admire the majestic nature at Pike National Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 73°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Pike National Forest, Poudre Canyon
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Poudre Canyon ©
Poudre Canyon

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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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