13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 1 night
Drive
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Montrose
— 8 nights
Drive to Grand Junction Regional Airport, Fly to Washington

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Durango

— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner.

Washington to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington to Durango, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Durango, with lows of 51°F. You will leave for Ouray on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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. On the 7th (Sat), boost your wellbeing at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, then get outside with Imogene Pass, and then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray day trip planning website.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Telluride travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Telluride takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Telluride are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montrose.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Montrose

— 8 nights
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Montrose: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Warner Point & South Rim Road), Crested Butte (Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Kebler Pass, &more) and Gunnison (Blue Mesa Fishing & Curecanti National Recreation Area). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, admire the natural beauty at Montrose Botanic Gardens, relax in the rural setting at Flying Iron Ranch Alpacas, and take an in-depth tour of Ute Indian Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Montrose day trip site.

You can drive from Telluride to Montrose in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Telluride in August, with highs in Montrose at 85°F and lows at 56°F. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.