9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Houston
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
End: Houston

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 8th (Wed): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker website.

Houston to Aspen is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Buena Vista trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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 11th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then stroll through Never Summer Ranch, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Never Summer Ranch ©
Never Summer Ranch

2
nights
Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning app.

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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