8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Telluride
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Huntsville

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): gain insight at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Garden of the Gods and then admire all the interesting features of Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs vacation maker tool .

Huntsville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Colorado Springs. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Huntsville in October, with highs in Colorado Springs at 67°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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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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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 10th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In October in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and then make a trip to Main Street.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (47°F), and nights are little chillier (32°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Breckenridge

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Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vail trip planner .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Vail in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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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 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour itinerary builder .

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 (60°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Aspen

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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Telluride

Telluride
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Valley Floor and then get outside with Via Ferrata.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Telluride itinerary planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Telluride in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Telluride when traveling from Aspen in October, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

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