5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Aspen
Drive
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly
4
Estes Park
— 1 day
Fly

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Aspen trip maker site.

Washington DC to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for little chillier days in Aspen, with highs around 60°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ouray when traveling from Aspen in October, with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 10th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in October, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Estes Park

— 1 day
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.