9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ANA Money Museum and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, look for gifts at Criterium Bicycles, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip tool.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip


— 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Crater Lake Trail and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Take a break from the city and head to Rio Grande Trail and Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Leadville National Fish Hatchery in Leadville, about 2h 45 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Lake Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Honeyville, indulge in some personalized pampering at Durango Hot Springs, and then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, and then take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango travel planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado travel guide

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.