14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Telluride
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs — 1 night

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 7th (Wed): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then walk around The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs route website.

London, UK to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In September, Glenwood Springs is a bit cooler than London - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 1 night

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 4 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Escape the urban bustle at Mesa Verde National Park and Ruins Road. Do some cultural sightseeing at Spruce Tree House and Long House. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, don't miss a visit to Park Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Steamboat Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Telluride.
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Telluride — 1 night

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to New Sheridan Hotel, wander the streets of Town Park, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Telluride trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Telluride to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.
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Ouray — 3 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Ouray County Museum. Visiting Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: hike along Perimeter Trail and walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ouray are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 3 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 18th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail and then trek along Cub Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ouray to Rocky Mountain National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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