8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Canon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 29th (Sat), appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip maker tool.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from New York City to Aspen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista holiday planning app.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Canon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in October: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then visit Old Colorado City. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Canon City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and then see where the action happens at Coors Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver visit planning app.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens 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.