8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
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
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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 21st (Sat), stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, then see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary site .

Kansas City to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Aspen is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Kansas City, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista driving holiday tool .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Canon City tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Canon City at 90°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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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.
On the 26th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

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, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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

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 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to 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 little chillier, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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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

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