13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
2
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
5
Canon City
— 1 night
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night

4
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Emerald Lake Trail and Lily Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online holiday planner.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone Ski Area, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Get in touch with nature at Summit Lake Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Kids will appreciate attractions like Main Street and Frisco Bay Marina. Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for much colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Vail Valley Escape Room, Frisco Bay Marina, Vail Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Aspen day trip tool.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in September, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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 2nd (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, thensoothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Canon City day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Canon City: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online travel route planner.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Traveling from Canon City in October, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop

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