15 days in Acadia National Park, Colorado & Portland Itinerary

15 days in Acadia National Park, Colorado & Portland Itinerary

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Acadia National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
Fly
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Portland
— 2 nights

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Acadia National Park

— 5 nights

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Beach and Carriage Roads. Take a break from the city and head to Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail and Precipice Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Bubble Rock, walk around Pretty Marsh Picnic Area, stroll through Great Head Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Echo Lake Beach.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Acadia National Park day trip app.

Portland to Acadia National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Acadia National Park is 3 hours. Traveling from Portland in September, you will find days in Acadia National Park are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike and then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner.

You can fly from Acadia National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Acadia National Park in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are little chillier (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Telluride

— 2 nights
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. On the 2nd (Sat), hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, then make a trip to Main Street, and then wander the streets of Town Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum, and then don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Telluride tour app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 4th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Red Mountain Pass. On the next day, trek along Cascade Falls Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray attractions planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Ouray in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Aspen

— 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

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.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aspen day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aspen, with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, then get to know the fascinating history of Officers' Row, then enjoy some diversion at Leverich Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Portland Oregon Temple & Visitors' Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, then surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, and then stroll through Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Portland planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Portland takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aspen to Portland due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in October: high temperatures in Portland hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.