9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night

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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.
Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aspen tour builder site.

Valparaiso to Aspen is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Valparaiso to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Valparaiso in September, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 72°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Must see
Maroon Bells
4.8
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Scenic Drive
Independence Pass
4.8

1
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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll around Riverside Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista vacation site.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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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 10th (Tue): walk around Garden of the Gods and then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 51°F. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Shopping
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
4.5

1
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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
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Mountain
Mount Evans
4.8

1
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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 12th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Denver in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Must see
Long House
4.8

1
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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 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Specialty Museum
Ouray Alchemist Museum
4.7
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Historic Site
Yankee Girl Mine
5.0

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip builder app.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 44°F at night. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8

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