9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cascade
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
On the 6th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Aspen Brewing Company and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner .

Minneapolis to Aspen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, expect little chillier with lows of 30°F in Aspen. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Brewing Company ©
Aspen Brewing Company

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Copper Mountain and then enjoy some diversion at Breckenridge Recreation Center. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the waterfront activity at Frisco Bay Marina, and then stroll through Carter Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in October: highs in Breckenridge hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Frisco Bay Marina
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Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Room Escape Games
Frisco Bay Marina ©
Frisco Bay Marina

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then get your game on at Tiny Town Miniature Golf.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park visit planner .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in October: highs in Estes Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cascade.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Photography Tours
Tiny Town Miniature Golf ©
Tiny Town Miniature Golf
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

2
nights
Cascade

Cascade ©
Cascade is an unincorporated community and U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, then head outdoors with Adventures Out West, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, then contemplate the long history of Old Homestead House Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cascade driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Cascade takes 3 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Cascade, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cascade

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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