9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 9th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary website.

Louisville to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Louisville in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Estes Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Denver

Mile-High City

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 11th (Fri), push the limits with Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then let little ones run wild at Foster's Place Playground. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planning app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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 13th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & Thermal Spas). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, cruise along Independence Pass, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, Aspen is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.