11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Fly
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly to Knoxville, Drive to Chattanooga

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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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately Glenwood Springs away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, get the lay of the land with Dean's Aspen Tours, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Aspen holiday planner.

Chattanooga to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chattanooga in September, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (72°F), and nights are colder (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Sat), walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planning tool.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in October since evenings lows in Ouray dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Parks

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 4th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take a memorable tour with Estes Park Guided Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ouray to Estes Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, you will find days in Estes Park are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then pause for some photo ops at The Colorado Freedom Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Helitours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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.