5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Grand Junction
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Fly

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Grand Junction

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Sat), wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction day trip website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Grand Junction. In October in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in October, with highs in Aspen at 60°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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 13th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Denver trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Vail to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, Denver is somewhat warmer than Vail - with highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.