9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field, Drive to Hooper
— 1 day
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Telluride Regional Airport, Drive to Ridgway
— 3 nights
Drive to Telluride Regional Airport, Fly to Washington


Hooper — 1 day

The Town of Hooper is a Statutory Town located in the San Luis Valley in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hooper journey planner.

Washington to Hooper is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington in July, Hooper is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): head outdoors with Windrider of the Rockies, then trek along Lily Pad Lake, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally gear up at Blue River Sports. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Vail Recreation Path, then see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Museum, then stroll through McCullough Gulch, and finally cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Breckenridge driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Hooper to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. While traveling from Hooper, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
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Denver — 1 night

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 6th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Dinosaur Ridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulder Creek Path.

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

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in July: highs in Denver hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Trails
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Estes Park — 2 nights

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the activities along Sprague Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, trek along Cub Lake Trail, then hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ridgway.
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Ridgway — 3 nights

The Town of Ridgway, coined Gateway to the San Juans, is a Home Rule Municipality in Ouray County, in the southwestern portion of the U.S. State of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil hike.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ridgway travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Estes Park to Ridgway. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect Ridgway to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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.