7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

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 15th (Tue): trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner.

Charlotte to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Aspen

— 2 nights

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 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then hike along Grottos Trail.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aspen online route maker.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
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 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray route tool.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Ouray hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along San Juan River Walk and then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.