9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Denver

— 2 nights

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.
You've now added Loveland Pass to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Valmont Bike Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Colorado Railroad Museum. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Mount Sanitas Trail in Boulder, approximately Boulder away. It doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge.

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New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Manitou Springs Incline, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and then catch a live event at Olympic Training Center.

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Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rio Grande Trail and Buttermilk Mountain. Get in touch with nature at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Castle Creek Road. There's more to do: examine the collection at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center and hike along Cathedral Lake Trail.

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You can drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · 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.