5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen driving holiday planner.

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for little chillier days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are colder with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray tour planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

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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 taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum and then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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