9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies and then learn about winemaking at Talon Winery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fruita tour itinerary app .

Philadelphia to Fruita is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Fruita when traveling from Philadelphia in July, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Fruita

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Side Trips

Grand Junction, Palisade, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then don't miss a visit to Independence Pass.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fruita in July, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
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 26th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City holiday site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Coors Field and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Discover how to plan a Denver trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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