9 days in Denver, Aspen & Colorado Springs Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Aspen & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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9 days in Denver, Aspen & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver itinerary planner .

Dallas to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Denver is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in August, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 85°F, while nights are colder with lows around 58°F. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen tour itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Denver to Aspen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in September, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): walk around Garden of the Gods, explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Miramont Castle Museum ©
Miramont Castle Museum

3
nights
Denver

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Horseback Riding Tours

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