10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Lexington

1
night
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 15th (Mon), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary planner.

Lexington to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lexington to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lexington in July since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Canon City road trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 90°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

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 19th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

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

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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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

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