5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
You've now added Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), see a show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver sightseeing planner.

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Flatirons, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Cottonwood Lake, get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Denver in September, with highs in Buena Vista at 73°F and lows at 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake

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 24th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Independence Pass and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen route planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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