8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
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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.
On the 11th (Fri), 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 12th (Sat): cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip maker.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Estes Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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 13th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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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 14th (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker website.

You can 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 September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ouray online road trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.