17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Aspen
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Aspen

1
night
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 16th (Sun): take a tour by water with Yampa Valley Anglers and then relax and float downstream with Paddle Colorado. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls and then take a leisurely stroll along Rotary Park Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Aspen to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Paddle Colorado
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Paddle Colorado ©
Paddle Colorado
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Rotary Park Boardwalk ©
Rotary Park Boardwalk

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get answers to all your questions at Breckenridge Welcome Center and then identify plant and animal life at White River National Forest. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get active on the water at Cutthroat Anglers and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you will find days in Breckenridge are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

White River National Forest, Dillon Reservoir, Cutthroat Anglers
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White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest
Cutthroat Anglers ©
Cutthroat Anglers
Dillon Reservoir ©
Dillon Reservoir

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Bravo!Vail and then fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get active on the water at Colorado River Runs and then find your balance on the water with Stand Up Paddle Colorado.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Vail in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Vail are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Bond

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nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): relax and float downstream with Rock Gardens Rafting and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. Keep things going the next day: test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip builder website .

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Nature
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Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Rock Gardens Rafting ©
Rock Gardens Rafting
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

5
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 Crater Lake Trail and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Take a break from the city and head to Blue Mesa Fishing and Buttermilk Mountain. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with Elk Mountain Expeditions, see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Aspen hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mesa Fishing, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
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Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

2
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Twin Lakes to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): let the river carry you with The Adventure Company, then take a memorable excursion with Performance Tours Whitewater Rafting, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, then let the river carry you with Browns Canyon Rafting, and then explore the activities along Twin Lakes.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip maker .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Twin Lakes
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The Adventure Company ©
The Adventure Company
Browns Canyon Rafting ©
Browns Canyon Rafting
Twin Lakes ©
Twin Lakes

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night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take a memorable ride with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then hike along Tunnel Drive. On your second day here, do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then explore the striking landscape of Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Canon City road trip planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in August; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
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