8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Vail
— 1 night
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
5
Ouray
— 2 nights

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night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, thenhit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and finally hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs itinerary planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, thenexplore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then cruise along Old Fall River Road. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, thenadmire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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Vail

Vail
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), stroll through Vail Recreation Path, thenhike along Booth Falls Trail, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vail: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, thentake a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Glenwood Springs using our trip planner.

Drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Glenwood Springs sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Horseback Riding Tours

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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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Cascade Falls Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, thensee Off-Road Tours, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip builder.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

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