10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
4
Canon City
— 1 night
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
6
Aspen
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see where the action happens at Coors Field.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planning site.

Springfield to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Denver. Traveling from Springfield in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
nights
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 28th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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.
On the 30th (Mon), walk around Garden of the Gods and then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. On the next day, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, thenget to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally make a trip to Ivywild School.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll around Buena Vista River Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip tool.

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, things will get slightly colder in Buena Vista: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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