5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Subway + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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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 14th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Washington DC to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Glenwood Springs. While traveling from Washington DC, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The John Denver Sanctuary, Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in November, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Scenic Drive Spas

Side Trip

Frisco Adventure Park
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Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Spas

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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 17th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Long House, then stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Breckenridge to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Breckenridge in November, plan for warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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Ouray

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 18th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ouray tour builder .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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