15 days in Colorado & Vermont Itinerary

15 days in Colorado & Vermont Itinerary

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Grand Junction
— 1 day
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Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Drive to Weston
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Weston
— 1 night
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Shelburne
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Grand Junction

— 1 day
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, do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars, learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally stop by Downtown Grand Junction.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Grand Junction. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 in touch with nature at Perimeter Trail and Bear Creek Falls. Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: trek along Cascade Falls Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray day trip website.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in May; daily highs in Ouray reach 55°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 3 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. You'll explore and learn at Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. Escape the urban bustle at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and San Juan River Walk. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: hike along Piedra River Trail, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planner.

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Park Point, then explore and take pictures at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Sat), look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: 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 flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trip

Weston

— 1 night
Weston is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Pierce's Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Killington Resort, and then stop by Vermont Country Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Weston road trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Estes Park to Weston with the Route module. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Estes Park to Weston due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Weston: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Shelburne.

Things to do in Weston

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shelburne

— 2 nights
Shelburne is a town in southwestern Chittenden County, Vermont, in the United States. On the 12th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Shelburne Farms, trek along Burlington Bike Path, and then enjoy the sand and surf at North Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: choose your vessel at Whistling Man Schooner Company and then examine the collection at Shelburne Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shelburne online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Weston to Shelburne takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Shelburne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Shelburne

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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.

Vermont travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.