11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen tour planner .

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Aspen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Buena Vista trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Guanella Pass, then go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Idaho Springs trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Idaho Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in August, plan for cooler days in Idaho Springs, with highs around 50°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Guanella Pass, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
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 25th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park route maker .

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Idaho Springs in August, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
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 26th (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. On your second day here, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado and then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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