10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Phoenix

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Olympic Training Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs driving holiday site .

Phoenix to Colorado Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in September, things will get cooler in Colorado Springs: highs are around 79°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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 (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the next day, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver trip maker .

Fly from Aspen to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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