8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Columbus

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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Columbus to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in August, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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 6th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning website .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

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 7th (Wed): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen tour planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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