5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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

— 1 day

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 1st (Wed): trek along Rio Grande Trail, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen itinerary tool.

Austin to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in September, things will get cooler in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, then stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and finally explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

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 3rd (Fri): hike along Cub Lake Trail, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, get a tailor-made plan with Estes Park Guided Tours, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour and then examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Denver vacation planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.