16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Rifle Gap State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aspen Mountain / Ajax and The John Denver Sanctuary. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Aspen is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Aspen. Traveling from Zurich in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aspen, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): hike along Booth Falls Trail and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports.

Plan my day in Vail using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Blue River Sports
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Gondola. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Fish Creek Falls. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail and take in the exciting artwork at Steamboat Art Company.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs road trip site .

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in June: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Treasure Falls and Piedra River Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and shop like a local with Two Old Crows.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planning website .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In June in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Clear Creek Reservoir and then head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip builder tool .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Buena Vista can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 12th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 37°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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