9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs--about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: stop by Snowmass Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen road trip planning tool .

Tampa to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Tampa in October, things will get much colder in Aspen: highs are around 60°F and lows about 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
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.
On the 16th (Tue), examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, stop by Honeyville, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Durango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. October in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pick up some local products at The Source, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip tool .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

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