14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cascade Falls Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ouray tour planner.

Chicago to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Ouray is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in August, with highs in Ouray at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Rocky Mountains. Explore hidden gems such as Hanging Lake and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Off-Road Tours, Rio Grande Trail, &more) and Rifle Falls (in Rifle). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll through Steamboat Gondola, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online route planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Fall River Road and Alluvial Fan. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Manitou Springs Incline and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Helen Hunt Falls and Arcade Amusements, Inc. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Divide and see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.