16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Birmingham, UK to Colorado Springs is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Colorado Springs is minus 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by combination of car and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascade Falls Park and Bear Creek Falls. Visiting Perimeter Trail and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September: highs in Ouray hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
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 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. On your second day here, indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then stroll through Piedra River Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planning site .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rio Grande Trail and Hanging Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip maker website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Aspen in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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