11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Telluride
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Eagle, Fly to Philadelphia

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Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head outdoors with Telluride Outside, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and then steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Last Dollar Road, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then trek along Jud Wiebe Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Telluride trip planner.

Philadelphia to Telluride is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip builder website.

Getting from Telluride to Ouray by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Purgatory Resort, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, hike along Animas River Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can take a shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Vail.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then take a stroll through Vail Valley. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, then trek along Booth Falls Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vail online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Pagosa Springs to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Vail hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in July, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.