8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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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
Fly

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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 12th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online road trip planner.

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. 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, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Estes Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Denver online trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 15th (Tue), stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder.

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 15th (Tue) so you can 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). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time 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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls and then see Off-Road Tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ouray using our trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. On the 19th (Sat), 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.