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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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs — 1 day

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 22nd (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip builder site.

Seattle to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle to Steamboat Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, plan for little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Museum, then hike along McCullough Gulch, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, plan for little chillier days in Breckenridge, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Mosca Pass Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Breckenridge to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Breckenridge in July, expect nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 1 night

The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 25th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of East Portal Road, then explore and take pictures at South Rim Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.
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Durango — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Wed), trot along with a tour on horseback, browse the exhibits of Durango Wildlife Museum and Fish Hatchery, and then stroll through Animas River Trail.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango holiday builder tool.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango in 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July since evenings lows in Durango dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, don't miss a visit to Step House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally cruise along Ruins Road. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

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Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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