8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip planning website .

Charlotte to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in September, expect nights in Aspen to be cooler, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Harvard and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Nature Parks Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Harvard ©
Mount Harvard

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in September; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning site .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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