12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip app.

Memphis to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in October, expect Estes Park to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.
On the 25th (Sun), stroll around Garden of the Gods, then don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

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. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Aspen

— 4 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 Aspen's surroundings by going to Carbondale (Carbondale Public Art & West Elk Loop Scenic Byway) and Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 60°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.