4. Drive the Million Dollar Highway
While the Million Dollar Highway may not be a destination in itself, the ideal way to spend an epic few days road-tripping in Colorado is by driving down one of the most scenic roads in North America. Being part of the San Juan Skyway, this dreamy highway loops 233 miles across some of the most sought-after towns in Colorado: Ouray, Telluride, Durango, and Ridgeway.
Along the way, drivers enjoy sites of the Uncompahgre Gorge, Idarado Mine, Animas River, San Juan National Forest, Haviland Lake, Elektra Lake, Twilight Peak, Red Mountain Pass, and more views that make up the American West.
Those with history on their bucket list will enjoy early mining towns and structures. In addition, the historic towns of Ouray and Silverton offer visitors lodging, dining, shopping, and various outdoor activities.
While you could complete the 25-mile drive in under two hours, for the best experience, allow yourself at least two days to make stops at each destination. Hit a trail or two, experience local history, or plan to make an overnight stop at each town.