9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jacksonville, Florida
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Cortez
— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver sightseeing planner.

Jacksonville to Denver is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Denver. Expect slightly colder 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 Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in August: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 77°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

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 Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cliff Palace and Petroglyph Point Hike. Your inner history buff will appreciate Long House and Balcony House. Venture out of the city with trips to Mesa Verde National Park (Spruce Tree House & Park Point) and Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum (in Durango).

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cortez trip planner.

Fly from Aspen to Cortez in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Cortez hover around 86°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Tours Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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