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 Spas. Go for a jaunt from Steamboat Springs to Craig to see Wyman Living History Museum about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs visit planner.

Ottawa to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Ottawa to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in May; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 61°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas
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 Sheep Lakes and Lily Lake Trailhead. Escape the urban bustle at Many Parks Curve Overlook and Cub Lake Trail. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock and see the interesting displays at Moraine Park Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online road trip planner.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 70°F and lows at 43°F. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sat).
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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.