I would suggest taking 285 south from Denver to Alamosa, west to Durango and up. A scenic drive to say the least. Or cut off of I70 just east of Grand Junction on 65 and down thru Delta. Ya this may add a few miles and a couple of hours. But some of the best Colorado has to offer in my opinion.
If I were you, I'd take 80 over to Cleveland, then down 71 to Columbus, and take 70 all the way out. Sure there are a few things you can check out along either 80 or 70 but there is sooooo much more to see once you get out west.
Dayton, Ohio is home to the Wright Patterson Air and Space Museum where you can easily spend an entire day seeing everything from WWI triplanes to SR71s and everything in between. A great place to see.
I took I-70 all the way out last year but this year going to take I-70 out to Colorado go south to Colorado Springs to Pueblo and then west through the mountains over to Ridgeway. I -70 all the way on the north side of the state is something to see but looking back is the usual boring up n down. Will probably take that route to Moab in the future.
If its your first trip to Colorado you will not go wrong no matter which way you go.
See you in Ouray!
Everyone who has ever been to the Summit has probably driven pass this stone garage near Ironton Park and wondered what is is. Well now you know.
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