8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​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: Indianapolis

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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

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Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Tours Outdoors

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
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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 17th (Wed): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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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. On the 18th (Thu), get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can 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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and cruise along Independence Pass.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen online route planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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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