8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights

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Aspen

Aspen ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then relax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour planner.

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect nights in Aspen to be colder, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ouray day trip site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Petroglyph Point Hike and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip builder website.

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 shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, and then hike along Cub Lake Trail.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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