9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Ouray
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cañon City
— 2 nights
Fly

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Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ouray County Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek Falls and Spas. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with Canyoning Colorado, trek along Perimeter Trail, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray travel route planning site.

Dallas to Ouray is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Ouray is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in July: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 74°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Aspen

— 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then relax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aspen online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get outside with Zip Adventures of Vail, take a pleasant ride with Lakota River Guides, and then stop by Vail Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, then head outdoors with Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then trek along Cub Lake Trail, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for much warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see Colorado Jeep Tours and then hike along Tunnel Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with Lost Paddle Rafting, then see the world from above with Royal Gorge Helitours, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cañon City trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Cañon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. In July in Cañon City, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.