8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

Boston to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in August, Aspen is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary
The Emporium And Flying Circus ©
The Emporium And Flying Circus

2
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 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then trek along Yankee Boy Basin. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

1
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): cruise along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City travel route planning site .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Canon City by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Pagosa Springs - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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