9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights


Aspen — 2 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Hanging Lake Trail). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, stroll through Weller Lake Trail, and get great views at Independence Pass.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen holiday planning site.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Aspen to be colder, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

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 24th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

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

Getting from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Colorado Springs — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Denver Botanic Gardens (in Denver) and Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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.