9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Fort Collins
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Tampa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District and then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Tampa to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tampa in November, with highs in Colorado Springs at 55°F and lows at 27°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway, then browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durango route planner .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Durango are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Telluride.

Things to do in Durango

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel, look for gifts at Telluride Truffle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally go deep underground at Idarado Mine.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Telluride online itinerary maker .

You can take a shuttle from Durango to Telluride in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in November: highs in Telluride hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yankee Girl Mine, Idarado Mine, Spas
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Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Spas

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 6th (Wed): cruise along Independence Pass.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Telluride to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Telluride in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Aspen, with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Art on 8th.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs day trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Art on 8th ©
Art on 8th
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

1
night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Coyote Ridge Natural Area and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fort Collins online trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Fort Collins by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in November, expect nights in Fort Collins to be about the same, around 26°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Denver, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 29°F at night. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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