9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  6​h 30​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:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Seattle to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Aspen is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Aspen, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature
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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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 19th (Thu), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by combination of bus and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 90°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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

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.
On the 20th (Fri), cruise along Trail Ridge Road, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

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

2
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pick up some local products at The Source. On your second day here, stroll through Denver Zoo and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver online holiday maker .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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

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