7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Long House, thencruise along Ruins Road, and then make a trip to Park Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive
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Long House ©
Long House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): hike along Perimeter Trail, trek along Bear Creek Falls, and then take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray holiday website.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Spas, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel route site.

Getting from Ouray to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Spas
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park and then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs vacation planning website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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