8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Ouray
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night

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Ouray

Ouray ©
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 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, get engrossed in the history at San Juan County Historical Society, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and then stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip builder site.

Atlanta to Ouray is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Ouray is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in October, you will find days in Ouray are colder (56°F), and nights are a bit cooler (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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Must see
Yankee Boy Basin
4.7

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Durango

Durango ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Durango itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Durango: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Ski Area
Purgatory Resort
4.2

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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 6th (Tue), make a trip to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Long House and then contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Spruce Tree House
4.7
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Must see
Long House
4.8

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, then examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and then soar above the sights with Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, stroll through McCullough Gulch, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Breckenridge trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Breckenridge in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are cooler, around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Steamboat Springs

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 10th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Breckenridge 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Highlights from your trip
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Hiking Trail
Yampa River Core Trail
4.8
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Historic Site
Tread of Pioneers Museum
4.5

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