15 days in Dallas, Colorado & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

15 days in Dallas, Colorado & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Dallas
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Vail
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Steamboat Springs
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Colorado Springs
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Yellowstone National Park
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Dallas

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Bring the kids along to Frisco RoughRiders and Hawaiian Falls Mansfield. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burger's Lake and White Rock Lake Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: McKinney (Dog Park at Bonnie Wenk & North Texas Escape Rooms) and National Videogame Museum (in Frisco). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at Wild Bill's Western Store.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Dallas. August in Dallas sees daily highs of 96°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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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 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and then trek along Perimeter Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then scramble along the landscape with Canyoning Colorado, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

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Traveling by flight from Dallas to Ouray takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in Ouray reach 70°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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 6th (Thu), hike along Crater Lake Trail, then let the river carry you with Elk Mountain Expeditions, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in August, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, then trek along Booth Falls Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

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Getting from Aspen to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, you will find days in Vail are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park. On your second day here, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Crooked Key.

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Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vail in August: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

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

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Biscuit Basin and Firehole Lake Drive. Kids will appreciate attractions like Artists Paintpots and Castle Geyser. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, explore the activities along Firehole River, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, and trek along Lone Star Geyser.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.