8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
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Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary maker app .

New York City to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
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Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, and finally explore and take pictures at Canyon View Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fruita tour planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Fruita by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Fruita, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then cruise along Independence Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fruita to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fruita in October, with highs in Aspen at 60°F and lows at 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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night
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.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and finally explore and take pictures at Colorado College.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Colorado Springs at 67°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Dream Lake, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallett Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): meet the residents at Denver Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denver day trip planning tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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