7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key. On the next day, hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs vacation planning website .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: trek along Perimeter Trail, trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Durango day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then stroll through Manitou Springs Incline.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durango in June since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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