8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
4
Ouray
— 2 nights

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Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Steamboat Gondola and Steamboat Lake State Park. Get outdoors at Del's Triangle 3 Ranch and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, get your game on at The Crooked Key, admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Clark
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail

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Vail

Vail
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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then stroll through Booth Falls Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vail online itinerary maker.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then stroll through Grottos Trail, and then take a memorable tour with Elk Mountain Expeditions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in August: highs in Aspen hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

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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 22nd (Sat): trek along Cascade Falls Park, explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray journey planner.

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

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