8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour builder

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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 2 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen online trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Aspen, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Buena Vista day trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, then make a trip to The O2 Lounge, then see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, and finally hike along McCullough Gulch. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Booth Falls Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Breckenridge road trip website.

Getting from Buena Vista to Breckenridge by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola.

Plan my day in Steamboat Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Breckenridge in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.