9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ANA Money Museum and Old Colorado City. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, look for gifts at Criterium Bicycles, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip tool.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Crater Lake Trail and Rio Grande Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Cathedral Lake Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Leadville National Fish Hatchery (in Leadville) and Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals (in Beaver Creek).

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Aspen reach 79°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

2
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Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Honeyville, indulge in some personalized pampering at Durango Hot Springs, and then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, and then take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango travel planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.