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
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Minneapolis in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rocky Mountain National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

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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 8th (Wed), experience rural life 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 find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip maker tool .

Do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Canon City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen sightseeing website .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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