12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner .

Philadelphia to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Springs Incline
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

1
night
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, take an in-depth tour of Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, and then explore the galleries of Temple Israel Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Leadville day trip planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Leadville in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in June, plan for slightly colder days in Leadville, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Leadville

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Temple Israel ©
Temple Israel
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Blue Sky Adventures and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Leadville to Glenwood Springs takes 2 hours. Traveling from Leadville in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Glenwood Springs, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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 22nd (Fri): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction and then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction online trip maker .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, expect nights in Grand Junction to be a bit warmer, around 58°F, while days are much hotter, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature 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

3
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, trek along Perimeter Trail, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ouray online trip builder .

Getting from Grand Junction to Ouray by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Grand Junction in June, expect Ouray to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cortez.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

1
night
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.
To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cortez trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Cortez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cortez: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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