9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Nashville

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Logan National Cemetary, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver road trip planning site .

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in September, expect Denver to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Fort Logan National Cemetary ©
Fort Logan National Cemetary

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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 15th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

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Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): walk around Garden of the Gods, explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in September; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 73°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Aspen vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Aspen sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can 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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