10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planning app.

San Diego to Durango is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect much colder with lows of °F in Durango. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Estes Park (Peak to Peak Scenic Byway & Off-Road Tours) and Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Durango in September since evenings lows in Denver dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Estes Park, Summit Lake Park, Golden History Museum & Park
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Off-Road Tours
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, thenadmire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, thenhike along Never Summer Ranch, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Never Summer Ranch ©
Never Summer Ranch

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenstroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip website.

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. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Tue), see Off-Road Tours, thensee a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect Buena Vista to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Aspen, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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