8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  7 h
1
Cortez
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Nashville

1
night
Cortez

Cortez
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
To find maps and tourist information, read our Cortez online trip itinerary builder .

Nashville to Cortez is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Cortez is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in May, expect nights in Cortez to be colder, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of the Mountain West and Cascade Falls Park. Appreciate the collections at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ouray County Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Ute Indian Museum (in Montrose) and South Rim Road (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's much more to do: trek along Perimeter Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ouray itinerary maker website .

Drive from Cortez to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cortez in May: highs in Ouray hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Museums Trails

Side Trips

Montrose, Bear Creek Falls, Spas, South Rim Road
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Spas

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): visit Downtown Grand Junction, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction vacation tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer than Ouray - with highs of 73°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 21st (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House and then see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Grand Junction to Breckenridge by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Grand Junction in May: highs in Breckenridge hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Museums Wildlife Spas

Side Trips

Frisco Historic Park and Museum, Fishing Charters & Tours, Argo Mill and Tunnel
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Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Spas

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