10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Springfield

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 30th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary builder .

Springfield to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Springfield to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. October in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then admire all the interesting features of Steamboat Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online tour planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In October, Steamboat Springs is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 59°F and lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

3
nights
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.
Visiting Hanging Lake Trail and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: tee off at Snowmass Club Golf Course, cruise along Independence Pass, and take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour app .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Club Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Snowmass Club Golf Course ©
Snowmass Club Golf Course
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sundance and Friends, and then identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends

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 8th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak, ride a horse along Monument Rock Trail, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Monument Rock Trail, Serenity Springs Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Monument Rock Trail ©
Monument Rock Trail
Serenity Springs Wildlife Center ©
Serenity Springs Wildlife Center

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