9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

Make your Colorado Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in May, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are cooler (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
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.
On the 1st (Sat), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): gear up at Maison de Ski, examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Idaho Springs online travel route planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Idaho Springs in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Idaho Springs, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel
Maison de Ski ©
Maison de Ski

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), tour or see a game at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in June, expect nights in Buena Vista to be somewhat warmer, around 44°F, while days are much warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
On the 6th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen online travel planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Aspen sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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