4 days in Colorado Itinerary

4 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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— 1 night
Estes Park
— 2 nights



— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary and then get great views at Independence Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Aspen trip planner.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Brownfield's and then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 81°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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.