12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary website .

Philadelphia to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains. On your second day here, choose your vessel at Blue Sky Adventures and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and train. In June in Glenwood Springs, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally stroll through Colorado National Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction online holiday builder .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for much warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around 89°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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 23rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On your second day here, trek along Perimeter Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ouray route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in June; daily highs in Ouray reach 71°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, then make a trip to Park Point, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Cortez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Cortez to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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