15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

London
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Cortez
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Ouray
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 15​min
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
London

2
days
Cortez

As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, then get engrossed in the history at Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

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London, UK to Cortez is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Cortez due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cortez: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
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3
days
Ouray

Ouray, Colorado is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, trek along Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

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You can drive from Cortez to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Cortez, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ghost & Vampire Tours
Ouray Alchemist Museum

2
days
Grand Junction

The City of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stop by Enstrom's, then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies and then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards.

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Do a combination of taxi and bus from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ouray in October, with highs in Grand Junction at 22°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies
Enstrom's

3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The John Denver Sanctuary and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and stop by Sioux Villa Curio.

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Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Grand Junction in October: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
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The John Denver Sanctuary
Sioux Villa Curio

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum and then take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad and then admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

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Drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in October; daily highs in Breckenridge reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Frisco Historic Park and Museum, Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
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Boreas Pass Road
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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