11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Ouray
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night

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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 5th (Sat), examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: trek along Perimeter Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and finally stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary tool.

Chicago to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Ouray. In September, Ouray is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 66°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Perimeter Trail
4.6

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, and finally see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Spruce Tree House
4.7

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©

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.
On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, then get outside with Quandary Peak, then hike along McCullough Gulch, and finally cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge online trip maker.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Breckenridge in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Breckenridge are colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Quandary Peak
4.8
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Specialty Museum
Barney Ford Victorian House
4.6

3
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Sprague Lake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapel on the Rock and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, trek along Lily Mountain Trail, take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and explore the activities along Lily Lake.

Start your trip to Estes Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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 in Estes Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Cub Lake Trail
4.4

2
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Boulder

Boulder ©

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Flagstaff Mountain, hike along Mount Sanitas Trail, and then grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path. Keep things going the next day: trek along Mesa Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Eldorado Canyon State Park, then take in breathtaking views at Eldorado Canyon, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Boulder trip planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Boulder in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and then push the limits with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route site.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Waterfall
Helen Hunt Falls
4.5
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Specialty Museum
Penrose Heritage Museum
4.9

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