9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7​h 45​min
End: Sioux City

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip site .

Sioux City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux City to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sioux City in September, expect little chillier with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Mon), do a tasting at Plum Creek Winery, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Talon Winery. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Palisade online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Palisade by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. September in Palisade sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Plum Creek Winery ©
Plum Creek Winery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Palisade in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Perimeter Trail.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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