11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Palisade
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 17th (Fri), hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Philadelphia to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 61°F, while nights are colder with lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

1
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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.
On the 19th (Sun), stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for slightly colder days in Vail, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

1
night
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally indulge your taste buds at Colterris Wines.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Palisade route planner.

Drive from Vail to Palisade in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Vail in May, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Palisade: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Colterris at the Overlook ©
Colterris at the Overlook
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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 21st (Tue), make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Get some cultural insight at Two Old Crows and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Piedra River Trail. On the 24th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip maker site .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
River Rafting & Tubing

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then look for gifts at Brownfield's.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Pagosa Springs to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, with highs in Estes Park at 70°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Spas

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