8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Springfield
Fly + Bus:  8 h
1
Boulder
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  1 h
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Springfield

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Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by McGuckin Hardware, stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and then catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): stop by Peppercorn Gourmet Goods, then look for gifts at Boulder Book Store, and then stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Boulder trip tool.

Springfield to Boulder is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Springfield to Boulder, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Springfield in September since evenings lows in Boulder dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Nightlife Parks

Side Trips

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
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Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Boulder Book Store ©
Boulder Book Store

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

Plan a Estes Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by combination of bus and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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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.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Aspen is a bit cooler than Estes Park - with highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip maker app.

Drive from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards, Museum of the Mountain West
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards ©
Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards

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