8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Springfield

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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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip builder .

Springfield to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are much colder (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex, then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key, and then stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex

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Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 1st (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Vail trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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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 2nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aspen travel planner .

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Olympic Training Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Canon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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