9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Hanging Lake Trail). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, cruise along Independence Pass, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen planner.

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Philadelphia to Aspen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Philadelphia in September: highs in Aspen hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): grab your bike and head to Wellington Trail, stroll through Peaks Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, thenmake a trip to Main Street, and finally take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road. On your second day here, go for a walk through Fairy Forest, admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, thentake in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, and finally grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge attractions planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in September, you will find days in Breckenridge are little chillier (58°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Vail
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Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

1
night
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 24th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in September, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, around 51°F, while days are warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, thensee the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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