8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
+4
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  11​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+4
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  7​h 45​min
End: Miami, Florida

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel planner .

Miami to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Miami to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Miami, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Mon), hike along Perimeter Trail, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ouray vacation builder site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction attractions planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Junction, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Meadery of the Rockies
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

1
night
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 16th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Grand Junction in October: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

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nights
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 17th (Thu): hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 30°F at night. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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