8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Estes Park
— 2 nights


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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rosemount Museum and Old Homestead House Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Phantom Canyon Road and Mueller State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (in Pueblo), Cripple Creek District Museum (in Cripple Creek) and Bluffs Regional park (in Lone Tree). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, head outdoors with Adventures Out West, and explore the striking landscape at Rock Park.

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Durham to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Aspen.
Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Museums
Side Trips

Aspen — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Rio Grande Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linwood Cemetery and Heritage Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: West Elk Loop Scenic Byway (in Carbondale), Leadville (Temple Israel & Mayflower Gulch) and Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, Grizzly Creek Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Grottos Trail, stroll through West Maroon Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail.

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Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Estes Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Estes Park — 2 nights

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 7th (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, get engrossed in the history at Estes Park Museum, stroll around Estes Valley Dog Park, then explore the activities along Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then trek along Lily Lake Trailhead, then explore the activities along Lily Lake, and finally see the interesting displays at Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection.

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Fly from Aspen to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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.