8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Denver
— Few hours
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
5
Aspen
— 1 night
6
Fruita
— 1 night
7
Denver
— Few hours

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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 5th (Sat): browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall.

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Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, thenget to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and finally stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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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 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, thenadmire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Theme Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip app.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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Fruita

Fruita
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fruita tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fruita takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Fruita to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Denver.

Things to do in Fruita

Outdoors Parks Wineries

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Denver

Denver ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fruita to Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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