8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation maker site .

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements, Inc, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
On the 31st (Tue), cruise along Trail Ridge Road and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Canon City trip maker .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In July in Canon City, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then soothe aching muscles at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Canon City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then cruise along Independence Pass.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Aspen sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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