16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Attractions like Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, look for gifts at Twist and Shout, and contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip maker site .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and Battlefield Colorado. Get in touch with nature at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Pikes Peak. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and look for gifts at Downtown Manitou Springs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City road trip tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner .

Do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: cruise along Independence Pass, see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, and stop by Snowmass Sports.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Aspen sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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