7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

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night
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. For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs driving holiday site .

Washington DC to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Pagosa Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (72°F), and nights are colder (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then hike along Perimeter Trail. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ouray, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
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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 6th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Crater Lake Trail, trek along Rio Grande Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aspen tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Aspen hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel route planning site .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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