5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly + Taxi:  8​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip maker .

Fort Lauderdale to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are little chillier (72°F), and nights are much colder (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin. On your second day here, trek along Cascade Falls Park, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel route builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip app .

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online tour planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Durango are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

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