9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
You'll explore and learn at Molly Brown House Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Evans and Trail Ridge Road. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Denver tour itinerary planner.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 17th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Denver in August, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 79°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Buena Vista takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Hanging Lake Trail. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells and explore and take pictures at Independence Pass.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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