8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Pueblo
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planning website.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Spas

Side Trip

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

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Denver

Denver ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Denver trip site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), walk around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Old Colorado City, and then take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pueblo.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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Pueblo

Pueblo ©
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Rosemount Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Pueblo Heritage Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness Area.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pueblo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Pueblo in an hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, expect nights in Pueblo to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Pueblo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Pueblo Heritage Museum ©
Pueblo Heritage Museum
Rosemount Museum ©
Rosemount Museum

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then hike along Mosca Pass Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Pueblo to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In October, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is slightly colder than Pueblo - with highs of 65°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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 16th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Independence Pass and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Aspen with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in October: highs in Aspen hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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