10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Durango
— 1 night
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
5
Denver
— 1 night
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Durango route planner.

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Durango is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for much colder nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Independence Pass.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Aspen road trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in September, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista day trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in September; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 79°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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night
Denver

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.
On the 18th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Denver online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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 19th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. On your second day here, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Photography Tours

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