9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Aspen
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
3
Denver
— 3 nights
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

1
night
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 your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Atlanta to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Atlanta to Aspen. When traveling from Atlanta in September, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in September, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Miramont Castle Museum
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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