8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Make it your trip
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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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs tour site.

Charlotte to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in October, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are cooler (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

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 13th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at McCullough Gulch, and finally cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Spas · Scenic Drive · Trails
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Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 14th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the next day, stroll through Grottos Trail, then stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at San Juan County Historical Society and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in October, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are little chillier (32°F). On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Colorado travel guide

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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.