9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Denver day trip tool .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Denver. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

few
hours
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 3rd (Sat): explore the activities along Bear Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Vail fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for cooler days in Vail, with highs around 62°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Shopping

Side Trip

Breckenridge
Highlights from your plan
Olive Fusion ©
Olive Fusion
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Denver

Denver
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Denver tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Denver hover around 85°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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