7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Make it your trip
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Long House, then cruise along Ruins Road, and then make a trip to Park Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Newark to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then get engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ouray trip planner.

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, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 24th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel route site.

Getting from Ouray to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park and then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs vacation planning website.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.