9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Boston

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and finally stroll through Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs visit planner.

Boston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Boston to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in November, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 43°F and lows at 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 20th (Wed), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, cruise along Old Fall River Road, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in November: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 57°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

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night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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 21st (Thu), cruise along Boreas Pass Road, hit the slopes at Blue River Sports, see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House, get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in November, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 22°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Museums Spas

Side Trip

Frisco
Highlights from your plan
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

Drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. November in Glenwood Springs sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort

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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. On the 23rd (Sat), stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, trek along Bear Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durango travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Horseback Riding Tours
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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nights
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 25th (Mon), make a trip to Park Point, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker site .

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 November, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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