7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs

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 4th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs planning app.

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Steamboat Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

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Breckenridge

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then soar above the sights with Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides, then trek along McCullough Gulch, and finally admire all the interesting features of Boreas Pass Road.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, you will find days in Breckenridge are little chillier (47°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 6th (Tue), hike along Lost Man Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and finally hike along Rio Grande Trail.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aspen travel route builder website.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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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 7th (Wed): hike along Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ouray when traveling from Aspen in October, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Mesa Verde National Park and Step House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Long House and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Park Point and explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning 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 shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.