15 days in Colorado & Vermont Itinerary

15 days in Colorado & Vermont Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado & Vermont Itinerary

Start: Grand Junction
1
Grand Junction
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
6
Weston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Shelburne
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Grand Junction


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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 30th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Grand Junction. In May in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Red Fox Cellars ©
Red Fox Cellars

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, hike along Bear Creek Falls, and stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Junction in May, things will get slightly colder in Ouray: highs are around 55°F and lows about 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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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. Let the collections at Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Wolf Creek Ski Resort and San Juan River Walk. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and stroll through Piedra River Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are slightly colder (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Park Point, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

Find out how to plan Mesa Verde National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

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 June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Weston.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Grand Lake
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Photography Tours

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Weston

Weston ©
Weston is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Pierce's Store, then fly down the slopes at Killington Resort, and then stop by Vermont Country Store. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Weston trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Estes Park to Weston. The time zone difference when traveling from Estes Park to Weston is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in June: highs in Weston hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Shelburne.

Things to do in Weston

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Killington Resort, Pierce's Store, Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park
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Killington Resort ©
Killington Resort
Vermont Country Store ©
Vermont Country Store

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Shelburne

Shelburne ©
Shelburne is a town in southwestern Chittenden County, Vermont, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): experience rural life at Shelburne Farms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burlington Bike Path, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at North Beach Park. On the next day, choose your vessel at Whistling Man Schooner Company and then see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Shelburne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Weston to Shelburne in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Shelburne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shelburne

Outdoors Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Burlington
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Burlington Bike Path ©
Burlington Bike Path
Shelburne Museum ©
Shelburne Museum
Shelburne Farms ©
Shelburne Farms

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