9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Atlanta

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 24th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Atlanta to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Atlanta, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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 26th (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

3
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.
Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado Model Railroad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Denver itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Model Railroad Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Denver in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then step into the grandiose world of Miramont Castle Museum, then explore and take pictures at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs route site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Miramont Castle Museum, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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