17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Telluride
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): get a taste of local nightlife at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co and then admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planning app.

Oklahoma City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nightlife · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 6th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Flattop Mountain Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain. On your second day here, kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Lake Nordic Center.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Breckenridge Distillery and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beaver Creek Chapel, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vail trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, expect nights in Vail to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are colder, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Vail

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Telluride

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River. On your second day here, tee off at Telluride Ski & Golf Club and then trek along Sneffels Highline Trail.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vail to Telluride in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in September, you will find days in Telluride are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Trails

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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 12th (Tue): trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray journey maker app.

Drive from Telluride to Ouray in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, trek along Canyon View Park, and then do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at St Kathryn Cellars, then do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Grand Junction trip simple and quick.

Getting from Ouray to Grand Junction by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 81°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 16th (Sat), stop by Sioux Villa Curio, then trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, and then admire the verdant scenery at Roaring Fork Valley. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs and then explore the historical opulence of Redstone Castle Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in September, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School, then see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, and then hike along Snowmass Village Hiking Trails.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

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.