10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder website.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Denver. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs 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. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Glenwood Springs, approximately Glenwood Springs away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.