15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ouray route planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Ouray reach 71°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Animas River Trail. Visit Spruce Tree House and Balcony House for their historical value. There's more to do: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort and take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Durango hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

3
nights
Colorado Springs

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.
Explore hidden gems such as North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Manitou Springs Incline. Get in touch with nature at Climbing Tours and Garden of the Gods. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Durango in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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 11th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In June, Aspen is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 75°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Core Trail and Steamboat Gondola. Step out of the city life by going to Yampa River Botanic Park and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Old Town Hot Springs and take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs driving holiday app .

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

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