9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Independence Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary maker tool .

Houston to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Aspen. Traveling from Houston in July, you will find days in Aspen are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are colder (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Canon City trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 90°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

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 (Wed), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallett Peak.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online holiday planner .

Drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Nature Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the striking landscape at Flatirons. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver journey planning app .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Flatirons
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River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then hike along Pikes Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado 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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