7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Drive to Chicago Midway International Airport, Fly to Eagle County Regional Airport, Drive to Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Ottawa


Steamboat Springs — 3 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Yampa River Core Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Northwest Colorado and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Go for a jaunt from Steamboat Springs to Craig to see Wyman Living History Museum about 1h 5 min away. It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Ottawa to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ottawa in May, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 61°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park — 3 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapel on the Rock and Sheep Lakes. Escape the urban bustle at Many Parks Curve Overlook and Lily Lake Trailhead. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail and examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, things will get a bit warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 43°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Colorado travel guide

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.