8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h
1
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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 25th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip itinerary maker app .

New York City to Grand Junction is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Grand Junction due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Junction when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

4
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. Get outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Appreciate the collections at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, trek along Perimeter Trail, stroll through Bear Creek Falls, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Ouray online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, expect Ouray to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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night
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 30th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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