8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Arcade Amusements, Inc
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 12th (Sun), cruise along Skyline Drive and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Canon City day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: highs in Canon City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canon City in August; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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Climbing Tours

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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 14th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen route maker app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aspen are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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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 16th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ouray day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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