9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Ouray
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Ouray

— 1 night
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 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Perimeter Trail, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

Memphis to Ouray is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Memphis to Ouray, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Memphis in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

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 7th (Wed), see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hike along McCullough Gulch.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Breckenridge are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in July, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are warmer (91°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (59°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

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.