9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jacksonville, Florida
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus:  3 h
2
Aspen
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
3
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Jacksonville, Florida

1
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 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, and then catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planner.

Jacksonville to Denver is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in August; daily highs in Denver reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step out of Aspen to go to Glenwood Springs and see Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: cruise along Independence Pass, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, and stroll through Rio Grande Trail.

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Getting from Denver to Aspen by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Denver in August; daily highs in Aspen reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Long House and Balcony House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cortez: Mesa Verde National Park (Step House & Petroglyph Point Hike).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cortez day trip app.

Getting from Aspen to Cortez by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Cortez hover around 86°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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