11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get slightly colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Perimeter Trail, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and finally trek along Bear Creek Falls.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get in touch with nature at Adams Falls Trail and Lily Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alluvial Fan and Emerald Lake Trail. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to Never Summer Mountain Products in Grand Lake, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Never Summer Mountain Products
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Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 4th (Thu), hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Yampa River Core Trail, then put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 82°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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