8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Tampa, Florida

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip maker app .

Tampa to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in May, expect Steamboat Springs to be much colder, temps between 61°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Holy Name Catholic Church ©
Holy Name Catholic Church

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Glenwood Springs using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
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 25th (Sat): trek along Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally trek along Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then hike along Cascade Falls Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 27th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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