11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 day
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Golden
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Loveland
— 1 night
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Fort Collins
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 day
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 14th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Golden

— 1 night

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
On the 15th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, take in the awesome beauty at North Table Mountain Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Golden trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Golden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. September in Golden sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Golden

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get outside with House of Motorrad, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Sanitas Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Boulder Creek Path. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, then explore the stunning scenery at Eldorado Canyon, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Avery Brewing Company.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Boulder trip planner.

You can drive from Golden to Boulder in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Loveland.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Loveland

— 1 night
The City of Loveland is the Home Rule Municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, stop by Colorado Cherry Company, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Backbone Trail, and finally deepen your understanding at Mariano Medina's Grave.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Loveland trip planner.

Getting from Boulder to Loveland by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. September in Loveland sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Loveland

Parks · Shopping · Trails · Outdoors

Fort Collins

— 1 night
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 19th (Sat), hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, then take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip itinerary planner.

Fort Collins is just a short distance from Loveland. In September, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the activities along Lily Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then explore the activities along Sprague Lake, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then trek along Booth Falls Trail, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vail journey planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Vail: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), let the river carry you with Elk Mountain Expeditions, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.