9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  6​h
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:  5​h 45​min
End: Springfield

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.
On the 27th (Fri), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip maker website .

Springfield to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Springfield to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Springfield in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 81°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Canon City reach 90°F and lows reach 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the activities along Bear Lake, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Parks Nature
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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.
On the 1st (Wed), meet the residents at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and then take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip builder website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Adventure Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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