34 days in Colorado Itinerary

34 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h 15 min
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Bus + Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Idarado Mine (in Silverton), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Telluride Outside (in Telluride). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, trek along Horsethief Trail, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray day trip planner.

Charlotte to Ouray is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Ouray. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Telluride, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside

4
nights
Durango

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.
When in Durango, make a side trip to see Million Dollar Highway in Silverton, approximately Silverton away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, shop like a local with Earthen Vessel Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Animas River Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip tool.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Mesa Verde National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Cripple Creek and see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, trek along Manitou Springs Incline, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. August in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

3
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buena Vista: South Park City Museum (in Fairplay) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip maker tool.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Independence Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

4
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Bells, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in September, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Venture out of the city with trips to Byers Canyon (in Hot Sulphur Springs) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Kremmling). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, look for gifts at Straightline Sports Outfitters, browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs route builder.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Byers Canyon, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Trail Ridge Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

5
nights
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Idaho Springs (Argo Mill and Tunnel, River Rafting & Tubing, &more), Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver tour builder app.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Pearl Street Mall, Georgetown Firefighting Museum, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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