8 days in Los Angeles & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Los Angeles & Colorado Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Aspen
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Colorado Springs
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

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New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen attractions planning tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Aspen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Aspen hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 1st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and then stroll around Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip builder site.

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 79°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.