11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more), Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs visit website.

Birmingham to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in September, things will get little chillier in Colorado Springs: highs are around 79°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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 9th (Wed): push the limits with Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience, then see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters 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 take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and finally get great views at Milner Pass.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 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). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, see Off-Road Tours, and then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

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.