10 days in Manchester & Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Manchester & Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Manchester & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Drive:  1​h
1
Manchester
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: Boston

3
nights
Manchester

Manchester ©
Manchester is the largest city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Crane Beach and Good Harbor Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like USS Albacore Museum and When Pigs Fly Company Store. Explore Manchester's surroundings by going to Long Sands Beach (in York Beach) and Canterbury Shaker Village (in Canterbury). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Currier Museum of Art.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manchester road trip site .

Boston to Manchester is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Manchester

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Canterbury Shaker Village, When Pigs Fly Company Store, Good Harbor Beach, Crane Beach, USS Albacore Museum
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Good Harbor Beach ©
Good Harbor Beach
Canterbury Shaker Village ©
Canterbury Shaker Village
Long Sands Beach ©
Long Sands Beach

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manchester to Colorado Springs in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 6th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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. On the 8th (Fri), hike along Yankee Boy Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, then examine the collection at Ute Indian Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ouray, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Montrose, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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