8 days in Florida & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Florida & Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Florida & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Orlando
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Miami Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  3​h
Key West
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Orlando trip planner.

Tampa to Orlando is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

#Theme Parks
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

1
night
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): shop like a local with Lincoln Road, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Art Deco Historic District, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Miami Beach trip builder site .

You can drive from Orlando to Miami Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami Beach

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Parks

Side Trip

Lock & Load Miami
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Lock & Load Miami ©
Lock & Load Miami
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

1
night
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally stop by Tucker's Provisions.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Key West sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Miami Beach to Key West by combination of bus, tram, and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Key West are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Key West

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then make a trip to Independence Pass.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner .

Fly from Key West to Aspen in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Key West to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Key West in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 15th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip maker .

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

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