11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
8
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Newark

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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 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum

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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.
On the 1st (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Estes Park online itinerary planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Off-Road Tours

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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs route planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Miramont Castle Museum ©
Miramont Castle Museum

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Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, then admire the striking features of The Abbey Events Complex, and finally learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in an hour. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Canon City

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canon City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In August, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Union Congregational Church, and then cruise along Kebler Pass.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Crested Butte day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Crested Butte with the Route module. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Crested Butte: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Union Congregational Church ©
Union Congregational Church

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Buena Vista trip simple and quick.

Drive from Crested Butte to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leadville.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

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Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Temple Israel, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Elbert.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Leadville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Leadville takes an hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: high temperatures in Leadville hover around 68°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Leadville

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Mount Elbert ©
Mount Elbert
Temple Israel ©
Temple Israel

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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.
On the 8th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Aspen road trip app.

Getting from Leadville to Aspen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Leadville in August, with highs in Aspen at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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