9 days in Denver, Fort Collins & Aspen Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Fort Collins & Aspen Itinerary

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9 days in Denver, Fort Collins & Aspen Itinerary

Start: Aberdeen
Fly:  9​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Aberdeen

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 is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get a taste of the local shopping with American Museum of Western Art.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planner .

Aberdeen to Denver is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 14th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Odell Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, look for gifts at Vern's Toffee House, and then explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Collins trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River

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 16th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fort Collins in August; daily highs in Aspen reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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