8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

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Make it your trip
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

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 26th (Sat): get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs road trip planning site.

Knoxville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Knoxville to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Knoxville, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas

Grand Lake

— 1 night
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then stroll through Adams Falls Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Lake trip site.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Grand Lake in 2 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, you will find days in Grand Lake are much colder (51°F), and nights are little chillier (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

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Highlights from your trip

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista journey builder site.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Buena Vista in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in June, plan for much hotter days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then hike along Piedra River Trail, then trek along San Juan River Walk, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Buena Vista to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Grand Junction

— 3 nights
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. On the 1st (Thu), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction travel route planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Grand Junction by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect Grand Junction to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Spas · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trips

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.