8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Subway:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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Durango

Durango
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Plan trip to Durango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Washington DC to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Durango due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Parks Wildlife

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 12th (Fri): stroll through Perimeter Trail, then explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cascade Falls Park, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

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

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 14th (Sun): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Fall River Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Sprague Lake. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. In July, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail and then get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In July, Steamboat Springs is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 49°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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