11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and get great views at Independence Pass.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen online route planner.

Orlando to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Orlando, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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 26th (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Tours

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 28th (Tue): cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then let little ones run wild at Foster's Place Playground. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver journey maker app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the 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. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · 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.