9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally pick up some local products at The Source.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver travel route planner .

Indianapolis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route builder .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip planning tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, Canon City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista road trip app .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canon City in October, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 62°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

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 5th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aspen sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Aspen are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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