8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
2
Denver
— 1 night
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
4
Aspen
— 3 nights

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Colorado Springs

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 12th (Sat): walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, thenget to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel planner.

Charlotte to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for little chillier nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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Denver

Denver ©
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.
On the 14th (Mon), shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Plan trip to Denver with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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nights
Estes Park

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, thentake a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip tool.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Attractions like Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen route maker app.

Getting from Estes Park to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Aspen is little chillier than Estes Park - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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