31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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31 days in Colorado Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Canon City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + bus:  3​h 30​min
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
New York City

2
days
Durango

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 31st (Tue): stop by Honeyville. On the next day, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then examine the collection at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durango sightseeing planner.

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Durango is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for colder nights in Durango, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cliff Palace
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

5
days
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, explore and take pictures at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and ponder the design of Mill Street Fountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in November: highs in Aspen hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 18°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

3
days
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. On the 10th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. It doesn't end there: tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour and learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Canon City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

5
days
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and U.S. Olympic Training Center. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls, and have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements Inc..

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs custom trip planner.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in November, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole - Santa's Workshop
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

5
days
Denver

Denver
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Denver Zoo and Water World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Flatirons). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stop by Dardano's Shoes, and steep yourself in history at Union Station, Denver, CO.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Denver are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, Water World
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

4
days
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kids will enjoy Carousel of Happiness and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Carousel of Happiness
Carousel of Happiness
Horseback Riding Tours

3
days
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Family-friendly places like Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Ice Arena will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, look for gifts at F M Light & Sons, hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online itinerary creator.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs by combination of car and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. November in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 17°F at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Ski Resort
Howelsen Ice Arena
Howelsen Ice Arena

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