10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  8​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Tampa, Florida

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): walk around Garden of the Gods, then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour itinerary builder app .

Tampa to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Tampa in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder site .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

3
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.
On the 18th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then don't miss a visit to Independence Pass.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen online itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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