11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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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 3rd (Mon): stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip planning site .

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

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

1
day
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lantern Dancer, then shop like a local with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Durango online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

2
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. On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then hike along Cascade Falls Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and finally trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray online attractions planner .

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 9th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then get outside with ArkAnglers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
ArkAnglers ©
ArkAnglers
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in June, with highs in Estes Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, and then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip app .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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