8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
2
Denver
— 1 night
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 3 nights

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Tundra Communities Trail, &more). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New York City to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for little chillier nights in Estes Park, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours

1
night
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 9th (Wed), get interesting insight from Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience, thensee the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, thenmeet the residents at Denver Zoo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denver sightseeing 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, daytime highs in Denver are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience ©
Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

1
night
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 10th (Thu): walk around Garden of the Gods, thenget to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs visit planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

3
nights
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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aspen planning tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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