9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Silverton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Charlotte

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Imogene Pass has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, get outside with Imogene Pass, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ouray route planner .

Charlotte to Ouray is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Ouray due to the time zone difference. In July, Ouray is a bit cooler than Charlotte - with highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Silverton.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Imogene Pass ©
Imogene Pass
Climbing Tours
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

1
night
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stop by Route 550 Gifts.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Silverton online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Silverton takes an hour. July in Silverton sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Silverton

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Black Bear Pass
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San Juan County Historical Society ©
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass
Island Lake ©
Island Lake

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs road trip website .

You can drive from Silverton to Pagosa Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Silverton in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): hike along Animas River Trail, examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument, then take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Long House, don't miss a visit to Step House, hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then make a trip to Park Point, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park vacation planning site .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Step House ©
Step House

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