10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​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 30​min
End: Moline

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 4th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planner.

Moline to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moline to Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moline in August: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), pick up some local products at The Source, then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then meet the residents at Downtown Aquarium.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Downtown Aquarium ©
Downtown Aquarium

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally make a trip to Ivywild School.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route builder app .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 10th (Fri), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you will find days in Canon City are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online travel planner .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Canon City in August; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

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 12th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the next day, get great views at Independence Pass.

Plan my day in Aspen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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