9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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 2nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Denver trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Denver is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sleepy Hollow County Park, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

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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 6th (Tue): stroll around Garden of the Gods, get interesting insight from Colorado Wolf Adventures, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online travel planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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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 7th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Step House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planning tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Aspen in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 60°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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