9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at San Juan County Historical Society, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip maker tool.

Durham to Ouray is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Ouray. Traveling from Durham in October, expect Ouray to be little chillier, temps between 56°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Spruce Tree House and Long House. Get in touch with nature at Mesa Verde National Park and Petroglyph Point Hike. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Step House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in October, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Steamboat Springs.
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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.
On the 17th (Mon), hike along Yampa River Core Trail, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip planner.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at McCullough Gulch, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then grab your bike and head to Wellington Trail.

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Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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