8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​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:  5​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hike along Rio Grande Trail.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker site .

Kansas City to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kansas City, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, then stroll through Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray journey planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to 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
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, then savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Classes
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 25th (Thu), cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Canon City road trip site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Canon City in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Canon City: highs are around 90°F and lows about 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and then stroll through Manitou Springs Incline.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Manitou Springs Incline
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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