11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
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.
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. On the next day, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, then test your problem-solving skills at The Crooked Key, and then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs day trip planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 78°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Sun), get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Buena Vista takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the waterfront activity at Frisco Bay Marina and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: hike along Booth Falls Trail and then explore and take pictures at Piney River Ranch.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vail vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Frisco Bay Marina
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Frisco Bay Marina ©
Frisco Bay Marina
Piney River Ranch ©
Piney River Ranch

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in June, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): hike along Yankee Boy Basin, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, then admire all the interesting features of Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, and finally walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ouray attractions planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Black Bear Pass
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour ©
Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass

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