9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Denver trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Denver is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sleepy Hollow County Park, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll around Garden of the Gods, get interesting insight from Colorado Wolf Adventures, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online travel planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 7th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Step House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planning tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Aspen in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 60°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.