11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner.

Asheville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
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, delve into the lush surroundings 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, look for gifts at 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 · Scenic Drive

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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 head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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 · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 · Parks · Nature

Ouray

— 4 nights
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 San Juan County Historical Society. Take a break from the city and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride) and Ute Indian Museum (in Montrose). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ouray using our trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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.