Hello everyone, As the subject states, my wife and I intend to go to Colorado for a week in the last week of September. I'll most likely fly out of DC on September 23rd and would like to come back on September 30th if there are enough places to see in Colorado. I wouldn't mind cutting it short if there aren't enough places to see. So, I need your help to decide on the best route and places to see. What would be a good route for me to see the best fall color? I can think of two options right now: (i) DC -> Denver -> Rocky Mountains -> Maroon Bells -> Ridgway/Telluride/Ouray -> Denver -> DC. As far as my research goes, it seems the peak for fall colors is usually around September 25th in CO. So, would it make sense to head to rocky mountains directly and explore Denver on my way back or would it be better for me to explore Denver for couple of days and then go to RMNP? (ii) DC -> Durango (take the million dollar highway) -> Ridgway/Telluride/Ouray -> Maroon Bells -> RMNP -> Denver -> Durango -> DC. I am somehow not sure about the second option. Also, I have no experience driving a 4X4 and a lot of websites suggest that it's required to have such experience. I wanted to check with you guys and get first hand info about how easy are most places to get to with a regular passenger car. As far as accommodation goes, I need to book motels/hotels in most of these places. However, if there are places where camping would help (to get the golden light) please let me know and I'll plan accordingly. Last but not the least, it'd help if you could list out any hidden gem that I shouldn't miss for fall colors. For now, I think I have a decent list of places I can see around Ridgway but suggestions are always welcome. Needless to say, I thank you in advance for any information that might help me :smile:.