14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Estes Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Seattle

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs holiday planner.

Seattle to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle to Steamboat Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in September since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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 29th (Sun), take a stroll around Riverwalk Center, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Dillon Farmers' Market, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, and then look for gifts at Ready Paint Fire!.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you will find days in Breckenridge are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Dillon Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Ready Paint Fire! ©
Ready Paint Fire!

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 1st (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater Lake Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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 3rd (Thu), trek along Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then stop by Route 550 Gifts.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ouray vacation tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ouray, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Route 550 Gifts
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, shop like a local with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, hike along Piedra River Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Park, and finally explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Alluvial Fan. Visiting Old Fall River Road and Emerald Lake Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

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