10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen sightseeing planning site .

Dallas to Aspen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in September, things will get colder in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll around Riverside Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

Discover how to plan a Buena Vista trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then stop by Brownfield's, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 81°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

3
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.
Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, stop by Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, trek along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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