9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Fort Collins
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Fort Collins

— 1 night
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Loveland Museum/Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Cheyenne Big Boots, examine the collection at Cheyenne Depot Museum, then admire the striking features of Historic Governors' Mansion, then take an in-depth tour of Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fort Collins road trip planner.

Denver to Fort Collins is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 14th (Mon), engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then see the interesting displays at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, then examine the collection at Cussler Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park. On your second day here, engage your brain at National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Old Gallery Allenspark.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder trip planner.

Getting from Fort Collins to Boulder by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Boulder are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Boulder

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 16th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Perimeter Trail.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouray online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Ouray in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boulder in September, with highs in Ouray at 66°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 18th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

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.