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
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 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): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco to Estes Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Estes Park when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

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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.
On the 12th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver visit site.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): walk around Garden of the Gods, then cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then visit Old Colorado City.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online day trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, don't miss a visit to Independence Pass, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aspen online day trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in October; daily highs in Aspen reach 60°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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