22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pueblo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
La Junta
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glen Eyrie Castle and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker .

Seattle to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in August, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pueblo.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Pueblo

Pueblo ©
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Rosemount Museum, pause for some photo ops at Heroes Plaza - National Medal of Honor Memorial, then admire the landmark architecture of Bishop Castle, and finally go for a walk through Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pueblo Zoo, explore the galleries of Center for American Values, and then head outdoors with Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pueblo trip planning app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Pueblo by car takes about an hour. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pueblo, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Junta.

Things to do in Pueblo

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Bishop Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
Rosemount Museum ©
Rosemount Museum
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo ©

1
night
La Junta

La Junta ©
La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Otero Museum, then examine the collection at Koshare Indian Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Junta online day trip planner .

Drive from Pueblo to La Junta in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in La Junta

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Otero Museum ©
Otero Museum
Koshare Indian Museum ©
Koshare Indian Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hovenweep National Monument and Balcony House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Spruce Tree House and Cliff Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Ute Mountain Tribal Park (in Towaoc) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Long House and trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from La Junta to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from La Junta in August, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be little chillier, temps between 86°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, Towac Visitor Center, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

4
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chimney Rock National Monument and Alpine Chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to The Choke Cherry Tree (in Pagosa Springs) and Telluride (Black Bear Pass & Cornet Creek Falls). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and shop like a local with Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September in Durango, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Telluride, Pagosa Springs
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass

4
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Animas Forks and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get some historical perspective at Bachelor Loop and Ouray County Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Last Chance Mine (in Creede) and Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Creede, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Park City Museum and The John Denver Sanctuary. St. Elmo and Ute Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista) and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (in Vail). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, St. Elmo, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
St. Elmo ©
St. Elmo
Ute Cemetery ©
Ute Cemetery

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