8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aspen holiday builder tool.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Aspen is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cañon City trip planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Cañon City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, Cañon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Cañon City to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cañon City in October since evenings lows in Rocky Mountain National Park dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 5th (Sat), walk around Garden of the Gods and then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

Start your trip to Colorado Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.