8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Boulder
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

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Boulder

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Boulder vacation builder tool .

Norfolk to Boulder is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Boulder when traveling from Norfolk in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 28th (Sun), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rocky Mountain National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1.5 hours. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass

3
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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Thu), walk around Riverside Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 46°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing

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