22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h
End: London

2
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Center of Estes Park Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Estes Park online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Estes Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Estes Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in June: highs in Estes Park hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Frisco Adventure Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Step out of Breckenridge with an excursion to Arapahoe Basin in Keystone--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Copper Mountain.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge day trip planning site .

Getting from Estes Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Frisco, Arapahoe Basin, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): trek along Yampa River Core Trail, then browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Steamboat Art Company, then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Crooked Key.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

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
Steamboat Art Company ©
Steamboat Art Company

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, then pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Hanging Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, then get lost in a book at Glenwood Springs Branch Library, and finally stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

1
night
Grand Junction

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 11th (Tue): stop by Enstrom's, then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip builder site .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Grand Junction are much hotter (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

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. Get in touch with nature at Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Cascade Falls Park. Explore Ouray's surroundings by going to Alpine Chapel (in Telluride) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ouray tour planner .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in June; daily highs in Ouray reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Telluride, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip maker website .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Do your shopping at Earthen Vessel Gallery and Scenic Aperture Gallery. Visiting Purgatory Resort and Million Dollar Highway will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Animas River Trail, and examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango tour website .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Artisans of Mancos, Million Dollar Highway, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally trek along Petroglyph Point Hike. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park day trip website .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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