7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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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.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip website .

Charlotte to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect nights in Aspen to be much colder, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 9th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and then cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs holiday tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements, Inc, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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