8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​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 + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aspen road trip app .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista journey builder tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Canon City day trip planning tool .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car 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

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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 27th (Fri), explore the activities along Bear Lake, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel 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. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

3
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.
On the 28th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs journey app .

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. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

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North Pole Colorado 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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