7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charleston
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Denver
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Charleston

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Charleston to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charleston to Estes Park. Traveling from Charleston in September, Estes Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver online day trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my day in Buena Vista using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Buena Vista is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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 11th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: walk around The John Denver Sanctuary and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspen journey website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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