8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Buena Vista
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  2​h
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
New York City

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Aspen Snowmass. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake & Hanging Lake Trail). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen itinerary planner.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Aspen is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the views from Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip maker site .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by combination of bus and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

1
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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in May, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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