9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Vail
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: San Diego

1
night
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 2nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver journey app .

San Diego to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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 4th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, walk around Garden of the Gods, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Union Congregational Church, admire all the interesting features of Kebler Pass, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Crested Butte tour planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Crested Butte takes 4 hours. In September, Crested Butte is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 71°F and lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Scenic Drive Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Union Congregational Church ©
Union Congregational Church
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers

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 7th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Independence Pass.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen planner .

Getting from Crested Butte to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

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

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vail trip planner .

Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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