10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, thenexplore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, thenadmire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Springfield to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Springfield in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, thentake a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online trip maker.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

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

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.
Get outdoors at Snowmass Club Golf Course and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and cruise along Independence Pass.

Find out how to plan Aspen trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Club Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Snowmass Club Golf Course ©
Snowmass Club Golf Course
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thentake in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista day trip app.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Sundance and Friends ©
Sundance and Friends

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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 8th (Tue), trek along Monument Rock Trail and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buena Vista in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Serenity Springs Wildlife Center, Monument Rock Trail
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Serenity Springs Wildlife Center ©
Serenity Springs Wildlife Center
Monument Rock Trail ©
Monument Rock Trail

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