8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Fruita
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Thermal Spas, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip planning tool .

Houston to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in November: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 47°F and lows are around 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fruita trip planner .

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Fruita by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Meadery of the Rockies, Downtown Grand Junction
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

1
day
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 21st (Wed), cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Fruita to Estes Park with the Route module. November in Estes Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bierstadt Lake
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Bierstadt Lake ©
Bierstadt Lake
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): go for a walk through Pikes Peak, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planning site .

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. November in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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