11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Vail
— 2 nights
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
5
Ouray
— 4 nights

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Asheville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asheville in August, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 5th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lily Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll through Booth Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then wander the streets of Vail Valley.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail travel planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Vail are colder (62°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Frisco, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

4
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Animas Forks and Yankee Girl Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Ute Indian Museum (in Montrose) and San Juan County Historical Society (in Silverton). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray online travel route planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Montrose, Ridgway, San Juan County Historical Society, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
San Juan County Historical Society ©
San Juan County Historical Society
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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