9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Vail
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights

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Aspen

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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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planning tool.

Valparaiso to Aspen is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Valparaiso to Aspen is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Valparaiso in September, you will find days in Aspen are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are colder (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Vail

Vail

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.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver journey tool.

Traveling by car from Vail to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in September, plan for much hotter days in Denver, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Government Building
Colorado State Capitol
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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 10th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

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. Traveling from Denver in September, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House
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Spruce Tree House
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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 11th (Wed): trek along Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: hike along Cascade Falls Park and then cruise along Animas Forks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray travel website.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Perimeter Trail
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Yankee Boy Basin
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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.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll around Rotary Park, explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then hike along Animas River Trail.

Start your trip to Durango by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
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