9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Aspen

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hanging Lake and Hanging Lake Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, and explore and take pictures at Independence Pass.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel planner.

Chicago to Aspen is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get interesting insight from Browns Canyon Adventure Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Browns Canyon Adventure Park ©
Browns Canyon Adventure Park

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. Ouray Alchemist Museum and San Juan County Historical Society will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yankee Boy Basin and Route 550 Gifts. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Cascade Falls Park and browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray online holiday planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Ouray by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Silverton
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San Juan County Historical Society ©
San Juan County Historical Society
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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