A drive previous a ghost city on the Colorado loop — Photograph courtesy of Aimee Heckel
Observe from 10Best: Examine with particular person companies and points of interest earlier than going, due to sporadic closures on account of COVID-19.
Expertise Colorado from prime to backside with this full Colorado loop, a 10-day street journey that may take you from Northern Colorado by way of Southern Colorado and again up north. And since this journey is about up as a loop, you can begin at any level within the loop and circle again round.
You’ll hit a ton of highlights, from faculty cities to ski cities, from scorching springs to historic monuments. Put together to be amazed by historic cliff dwellings, alpine wine, culinary delights and the very best railway in America.
This Colorado loop spans Fort Collins, Vail, Beaver Creek, Grand Junction, Ouray, Durango, Mancos, the Mesa Verde Nationwide Park, Canyons of the Ancients Nationwide Monument, Antonito, Pagosa Springs, Colorado Springs and Boulder.
Observe: This drive does embody mountain driving and roads that could be tough or closed throughout winter, so plan accordingly.
In whole, this journey will cowl somewhat greater than 1,100 miles and embody about 20 hours of driving. However don’t fear; we’ve damaged it up into good, bite-sized chunks so you possibly can get up, drive within the morning and have the complete day to get pleasure from every vacation spot.
Whereas this journey is about as much as take 10 days, be happy to increase it to 2 weeks if you need a extra stress-free tempo. To stretch it out over two weeks, we’d suggest further time in Durango, Boulder and/or Colorado Springs, or spend an evening in Glenwood Springs, Palisade and/or Pagosa Springs alongside the best way.
The terrace of the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, from above — Photograph courtesy of Aimee Heckel
Day 1: Fort Collins to Beaver Creek
2 hours & 45 minutes, 170 miles on Inter