9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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 8th (Sun), look for gifts at Brownfield's.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip maker app.

Charleston to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charleston to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. In March, Estes Park is a bit cooler than Charleston - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Scenic Drive

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs route maker website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in March, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Aspen

— 2 nights

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 11th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and then take in the awesome beauty at Aspen Mountain / Ajax. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 21°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), visit Old Colorado City, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 57°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Denver sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.