17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
End: Kansas City

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Kansas City to Ouray is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Ouray is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in July, expect nights in Ouray to be much colder, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Spas
Highlights from your plan
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Spas
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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 20th (Mon), hike along Lost Man Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, then take in the architecture and design of Aspen Music Festival and School, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aspen road trip website.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Aspen Music Festival and School ©
Aspen Music Festival and School

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Grizzly Creek Trail, stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon, and then see the interesting displays at Glenwood Railroad Museum.

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Getting from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Zipline
Spas

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
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 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, pick up some local products at Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then take in the waterfront activity at Frisco Bay Marina, and finally head outdoors with Windrider of the Rockies.

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Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Vail sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Frisco
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame ©
Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame
Frisco Bay Marina ©
Frisco Bay Marina
Barney Ford Victorian House ©
Barney Ford Victorian House

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Yampa River Core Trail, then tee off at Haymaker Golf Course, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Steamboat Lake State Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Steamboat Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Explore hidden gems such as Ouzel Falls and Fern Falls. Get outdoors at Winding River Resort Stables and Calypso Cascades. Go for a jaunt from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fraser to see Columbine Lake Trail about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Columbine Lake Trail, Winding River Resort Stables
Highlights from your plan
Deer Mountain ©
Deer Mountain
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

4
nights
Colorado Springs

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.
Get in touch with nature at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Climbing Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Battlefield Colorado. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (in Canon City), Crown Hill Park (in Lakewood) and Dinosaur Ridge (in Morrison). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, get some jogging in at Memorial Park, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Incline.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, Crown Hill Park, Dinosaur Ridge, Mini Incline
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Climbing Tours

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