9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  4​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:  3​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

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 12th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen journey planner .

Phoenix to Aspen is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in July, with highs in Aspen at 81°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

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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 14th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online day trip planner .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Canon City.

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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, CaƱon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 15th (Mon), do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Canon City at 90°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

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River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

1
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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 16th (Tue): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

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. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver online visit planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

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

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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