8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Canon City
— 1 night
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): trek along Snowmass Village Hiking Trails, thenexplore and take pictures at West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, thenappreciate the views at Roaring Fork Valley, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Penny Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rio Grande Trail, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, take in a show at Aspen Music Festival and School, thenhike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, thensee a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and finally hike along Cathedral Lake Trail.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder tool.

Newark to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, expect nights in Aspen to be cooler, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Colorado, Snowmass Village Hiking Trails
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Aspen Music Festival and School ©
Aspen Music Festival and School
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mayflower Gulch, thenstroll through Mineral Belt Trail, and finally stop by Rock Hut. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Harvard, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield, stroll around McPhelemy Park, sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, thenmingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and finally take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista driving holiday app.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Leadville, Colorado, Interlaken Historic District
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Mount Harvard ©
Mount Harvard
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

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Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 22nd (Sat), hike along Tunnel Drive, see the interesting displays at Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, admire the landmark architecture of The Abbey Events Complex, head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers, thenengage your brain at Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, and finally stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. In August, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center, Dakota Hot Springs
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Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience ©
Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
Four Mile Ranch Golf Club ©
Four Mile Ranch Golf Club

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), wander the wide-open spaces of Glacier Creek Stables, contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond, trek along Flattop Mountain Trail, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip site.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Canon City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Estes Park, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sky Pond ©
Sky Pond

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