19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  15​h
1
Denver
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Bologna

5
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.
Attractions like Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning app .

Bologna, Italy to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bologna to Denver, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bologna in September, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Battlefield Colorado. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, examine the collection at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, and stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary site .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

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
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Canon City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours 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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and then explore the galleries of Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad.

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Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in September: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 26°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Leadville
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©

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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary site .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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.
Bring the kids along to Carousel of Happiness and Alluvial Fan. The adventure continues: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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