9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— Few hours
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 8th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler than Austin - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the activities along Sky Pond, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then hike along Cub Lake Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): hike along Yampa River Core Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect Steamboat Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then hike along Grottos Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen travel site.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nightlife

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Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and finally stroll through Cascade Falls Park. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Perimeter Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray road trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.