7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paducah
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Paducah

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner .

Paducah to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Paducah to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Paducah in September since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Spas

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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 22nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then make a trip to Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Aspen is little chillier than Estes Park - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
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. On the 24th (Thu), walk around Buena Vista River Park, see Off-Road Tours, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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 25th (Fri): expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

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 ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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