8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
3
Canon City
— 1 night
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
6
Aspen
— 2 nights

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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 18th (Sat): catch some excitement at Back In A Flash Chiropractic & Massage and then appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Clear Creek Canyon, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

Plan trip to Denver with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Clear Creek Canyon
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), cruise along Old Fall River Road, stroll through Bridal Veil Falls, thenexplore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): cruise along Skyline Drive, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thensee the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and finally learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City journey maker.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thenidentify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista itinerary planner.

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): cruise along South Rim Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

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Getting from Buena Vista to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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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 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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