17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Rome

2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Rome, Italy to Colorado Springs is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Rome to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler than Rome - with highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canon City, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 18th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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. On the 20th (Tue), trek along Piedra River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then stroll around Town Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): hike along Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally trek along Yankee Boy Basin.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ouray holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Get outdoors at Alluvial Fan and Cub Lake Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chapel on the Rock and Eagle Plume Trading Post. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

2
nights
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 26th (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Booth Falls Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vail planning website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail takes 3.5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Vail hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Frisco, Boreas Pass Road
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

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 Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rocky Mountains and The John Denver Sanctuary. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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