8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
3
Manitou Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver travel planner .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Denver. When traveling from London in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denver, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then trek along Barr Trail to Pikes Peak.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manitou Springs trip planning website .

Manitou Springs is very close to Colorado Springs. In October in Manitou Springs, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

You can plan Rocky Mountain National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Manitou Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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Vail

Vail
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vail online trip maker .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Vail: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

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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 11th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

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You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in October, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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