10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Chattanooga
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Denver
— 1 night
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Chattanooga

2
days
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 8th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip planning website .

Chattanooga to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Aspen. When traveling from Chattanooga in June, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Sun), explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

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Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake

1
day
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Boulder Creek Path.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Boulder online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Buena Vista to Boulder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Boulder, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

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Boulder Creek Path ©
Boulder Creek Path
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Pearl Street Mall

1
day
Denver

Denver ©
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.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver day trip website .

Traveling by car from Boulder to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Long House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
days
Ouray

Ouray ©
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 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cascade Falls Park, then stroll through Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

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Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
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Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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