8 days in Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
2
Aspen
— 1 night
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
5
Denver
— 1 night

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Natural Bridge Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs, trek along Trout Lake Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Osprey Falls Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

Columbus to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Columbus to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Columbus in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are much colder with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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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 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Aspen in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect Aspen to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista visit planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
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River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

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night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at °F and lows at °F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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 18th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Childrens Museums
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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