8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fraser
— 1 night
Drive
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Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive to Telluride Regional Airport, Fly to Cincinnati

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Denver

— 3 nights

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.
On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver driving holiday tool.

Cincinnati to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 40°F. You'll set off for Fraser on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Fraser

— 1 night
Fraser is a Statutory Town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour and then let little ones run wild at Foster's Place Playground.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fraser online travel planner.

Drive from Denver to Fraser in 1.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Denver in October: highs in Fraser hover around 34°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Fraser

Fun & Games · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Crested Butte

— 1 night
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Union Congregational Church, take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Crested Butte holiday site.

Traveling by car from Fraser to Crested Butte takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fraser in October, you will find days in Crested Butte are much warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Lake City.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Lake City

— 2 nights
The Town of Lake City is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway and then cruise along Lake City Cutoff.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Lake City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Lake City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lake City, with lows of 37°F. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Lake City

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.