19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

London
Fly:  16​h
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  6​h
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
London

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vail vacation planner.

London, UK to Vail is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Vail. Traveling from London in September, expect Vail to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Rifle Falls and Rocky Mountains. Step off the beaten path and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Hanging Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village) and Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & River Rafting & Tubing). There's more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen, Snowmass Sports, Rifle Falls, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
The John Denver Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing
Snowmass Sports

3
days
Ouray

Ouray, Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Ghost & Vampire Tours and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Perimeter Trail and Ouray Alchemist Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Ouray, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park
Ouray Alchemist Museum

3
days
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Explore hidden gems such as Animas River Trail and San Juan National Forest. Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Purgatory Resort. There's more to do: look for gifts at Honeyville.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort
Honeyville

1
day
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a Municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs travel planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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 20th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park

2
days
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by Kirk's Mountain Adventures Llc, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Estes Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, with highs in Estes Park at 32°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls
Kirk's Mountain Adventures Llc

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