22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 3 nights
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Telluride
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Explore hidden gems such as Manitou Springs Incline and Climbing Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Glen Eyrie Castle, stop by Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Austin in July, things will get a bit cooler in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step off the beaten path and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Sky Pond. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail, and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Routt National Forest. Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Kremmling, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

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Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 82°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 19th (Mon), trot along with a tour on horseback, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and finally grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip site.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Vail

— 3 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boreas Pass Road and Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Breckenridge (McCullough Gulch & Mohawk Lake Trail) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours and take a stroll through Vail Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail day trip planning app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Vail sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Telluride.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil hike, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then hike along Jud Wiebe Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then head outdoors with Telluride Outside, and finally make a trip to Main Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Telluride driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Vail to Telluride in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Telluride, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Ridgway State Park. Step out of Ouray to go to Silverton and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: go deep underground at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, stroll through Perimeter Trail, and hike along Cascade Falls Park.

Before you visit Ouray, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Million Dollar Highway and Spruce Tree House. Venture out of the city with trips to Nordenskiold #16 Trail (in Mesa Verde National Park), Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Pagosa Springs (Made in Colorado Shoppe, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and trek along Animas River Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.