11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Fly to Grand Junction Regional Airport, Drive to Palisade
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Palisade
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Fly

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Palisade

— 1 night
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards and then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Palisade vacation builder tool.

Washington to Palisade is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Palisade are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Palisade in September, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): go for a walk through Mohawk Lake Trail, hike along McCullough Gulch, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Arapahoe Basin, stroll through Booth Falls Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Breckenridge can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Breckenridge to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in September, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Ouray.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, hike along Cascade Falls Park, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ouray driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Estes Park to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Ouray is little chillier than Estes Park - with highs of 66°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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 27th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

Discover how to plan a Durango trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.