11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner.

Charlotte to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Charlotte in October, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 60°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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 11th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Estes Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Estes Park at 69°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland) and New Belgium Brewing Company (in Fort Collins). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver planning app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Denver sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, whizz through the canopy at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning tool.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Zoos & Aquariums

Side 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.