11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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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
5
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head outdoors with Telluride Outside and then trek along Jud Wiebe Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): hike along Bridal Veil hike, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Telluride trip itinerary planning website.

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 when traveling from Philadelphia to Telluride is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, then see Off-Road Tours, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In July in Ouray, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

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.
On the 12th (Mon), hike along Animas River Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, get interesting insight from Tours, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and finally get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip maker.

Take a shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, stroll through Booth Falls Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vail visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Pagosa Springs to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car 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): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs route planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in July: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.