10 days in Northwest Colorado & Lake City Itinerary

10 days in Northwest Colorado & Lake City Itinerary

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10 days in Northwest Colorado & Lake City Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  4​h
1
Palisade
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Phoenix

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Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

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

Phoenix to Palisade is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Phoenix in September, plan for little chillier days in Palisade, with highs around 81°F, while nights are colder with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lake City.

Things to do in Palisade

Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Grand Junction
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Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Room Escape Games

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Lake City

Lake City ©
The Town of Lake City is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Juan Mountains and then get outside with Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lake City trip planner .

You can drive from Palisade to Lake City in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palisade in September, with highs in Lake City at 66°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Lake City

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Mountains
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Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks ©
Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks
San Juan Mountains ©
San Juan Mountains

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Glenwood Springs

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.
Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Lake City to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Lake City in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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nights
Vail

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: Breckenridge (Main Street & Vail Pass Path), River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail road trip site .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Vail by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, River Rafting & Tubing, Independence Pass
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Horseback Riding Tours
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort

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Steamboat Springs

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 22nd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Company, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and finally partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs holiday builder site .

Getting from Vail to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore