11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 3 nights
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
5
Durango
— 1 night

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Trail Ridge Road and Denver Botanic Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Estes Park) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, stroll around Crown Hill Park, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find out how to plan a trip to Denver, use our trip itinerary maker.

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Denver is slightly colder than Nashville - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Crown Hill Park, Spas, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, thenget your game on at Battlefield Colorado, thenstroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista online itinerary builder.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Aspen, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hanging Lake Trail
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 20th (Fri), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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