9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Fort Collins
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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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. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip app.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Ouray to be colder, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and then stroll through Palmer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): hike along Seven Bridges Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs journey website.

You can drive from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Ouray - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Fort Collins

— 2 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Cheyenne Depot Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Wyoming State Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. On the next day, admire the striking features of Historic Governors' Mansion, then stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fort Collins road trip planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 22nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Forney Museum of Transportation, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, then examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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.