8 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 1 night
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Aspen

— 1 night

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 24th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aspen online vacation planner.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in Aspen hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then don't miss a visit to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): walk around Garden of the Gods and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker site.

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Colorado Springs at 67°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 30th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, shop like a local with Lookout Studio, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and stroll around Indian Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in October, with lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum and then stroll through Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

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.