9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  8​h 45​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 30​min
End: Richmond

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 1st (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aspen visit planner.

Richmond to Aspen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Richmond in September, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 3rd (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 4th (Tue), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Canon City trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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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.
On the 5th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, then see the interesting displays 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 6th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Canon City in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Bear Lake, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

Make your Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Parks Nature
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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 8th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip website .

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 on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

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