20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 7 nights
Drive:  17​h 15​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Keep things going the next day: try your luck at Saratoga Casino and then trek along St Mary's Glacier.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online attractions planner .

San Diego to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Saratoga Casino, St Mary's Glacier
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St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

1
night
Telluride

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Telluride Truffle, identify plant and animal life at Valley Floor, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Telluride Brewing Co., and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Telluride day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Telluride takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in September: high temperatures in Telluride hover around 66°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries
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The Telluride Brewing Co. ©
The Telluride Brewing Co.

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. Step out of the city life by going to Horsethief Trail and Dillon Pinnacles. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bear Creek National Recreation Trail and Montrose Water Sports Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway (in Creede) and Pulpit Rock Overlook (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online tour planner .

You can drive from Telluride to Ouray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Ouray are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, Dillon Pinnacles, Pulpit Rock Overlook, Montrose Water Sports Park
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Montrose Water Sports Park ©
Montrose Water Sports Park
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, hike along The Colorado Trail, and then learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and then do a tasting at Fox Fire Farms Winery.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Durango tour planner.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fox Fire Farms Winery
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Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

7
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Get outdoors at Guanella Pass and Cherry Creek State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mary's Glacier and Wild Animal Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Avery Brewing Company & Boulder Creek Path), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown). Enjoy Denver some more: hike along Adams Falls Trail, steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Denver takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durango in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Georgetown, Boulder, Idaho Springs, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park

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