9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

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Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Mon), see Off-Road Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Aspen

— 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

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 29th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen attractions planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

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Traveling by flight from Aspen to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in June, with highs in Estes Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): cruise along Million Dollar Highway, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip site.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Durango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in July, with highs in Durango at 86°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.