8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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 27th (Sat), trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen planning tool .

Washington DC to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
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 29th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City vacation builder site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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 31st (Wed): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, make a trip to Olympic Training Center, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary website .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 86°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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