9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods. Step off the beaten path and head to Manitou Springs Incline and Red Rock Canyon. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls and get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online itinerary maker .

Atlanta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in July, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online journey planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Durango holiday builder .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then stroll through Perimeter Trail.

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Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Ute Cemetery and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip planning tool .

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 a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Ute Cemetery ©
Ute Cemetery

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