5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): walk around The John Denver Sanctuary and then get great views at Independence Pass. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

Detroit to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Detroit in September since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Tundra Communities Trail, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then surround yourself with nature on Estes Park Guided Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner.

You can fly from Aspen to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): walk around Garden of the Gods.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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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.