7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and make a trip to Independence Pass.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder website.

Detroit to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Detroit in October since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

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Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver travel planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip maker website.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side 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.