9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Boston

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen holiday planner.

Boston to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Aspen, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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 23rd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

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night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City tour itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Canon City at 83°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Canon City in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
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.
On the 27th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
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 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally browse the fresh offerings at The Source. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Union Station and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time 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
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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