10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

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 21st (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally indulge your taste buds at The Source.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Denver vacation builder .

Cincinnati to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Denver is minus 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. On your second day here, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online road trip planner .

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 your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On the next day, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planning app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough 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
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In September in Canon City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough 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

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night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Fri), stroll through Buena Vista River Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista journey planner.

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In September, Buena Vista is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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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 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aspen online travel planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Aspen sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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