13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 2 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at 16th Street Mall, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, and learn insider's secrets on Laws Whiskey House.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from Philadelphia in October, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Brownfield's, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Estes Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours

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Aspen

— 3 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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Lost Man Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail). The adventure continues: get great views at Independence Pass and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Estes Park to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 60°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Palisade

— 1 night
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Palisade online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Palisade in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Palisade at 67°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House and then make a trip to Step House.

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Traveling by car from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planning app.

Fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Colorado travel guide

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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.