7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Eagle, Fly to Philadelphia

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Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Long House, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planning site.

Philadelphia to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Ouray

— 1 night
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 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ouray attractions planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 21st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, Glenwood Springs is a bit cooler than Ouray - with highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 23rd (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: hike along Yampa River Core Trail and then explore the galleries of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs road trip website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 30°F. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.