48 days in Colorado Itinerary

48 days in Colorado Itinerary

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48 days in Colorado Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
bus + Drive:  3​h 30​min
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Denver
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
Colorado Springs
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Canon City
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  1​h 45​min
Buena Vista
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Glenwood Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
Loma
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Durango
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
New York City

6
days
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Attractions like Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Howelsen Ice Arena make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, look for gifts at F M Light & Sons, have fun at Steamboat Springs Alpine Slide, and hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 36°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Ski Resort
Howelsen Ice Arena
Howelsen Ice Arena

7
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. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Denver.

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

7
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 enjoy Denver Zoo and Colorado Model Railroad Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to New Belgium Brewing Company (in Fort Collins), Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, New Belgium Brewing Company, Water World, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

7
days
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Attractions like Garden of the Gods and U.S. Olympic Training Center make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, look for all kinds of wild species at Seven Falls, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel itinerary creator.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. October in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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

4
days
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Pueblo Zoo. On the 13th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, tour in style with a train tour, and head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Canon City are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pueblo Zoo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Pueblo Zoo
Pueblo Zoo

3
days
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Leadville National Fish Hatchery make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buena Vista: Pike National Forest (in Fairplay) and Mount Massive Golf Course (in Leadville).

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista sightseeing planner.

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. In October, Buena Vista is a bit cooler than Canon City - with highs of 60°F and lows of 29°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Leadville, Pike National Forest
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Leadville National Fish Hatchery ©
Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Pike National Forest ©
Pike National Forest

6
days
Glenwood Springs

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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (Maroon Bells, The John Denver Sanctuary, & more). And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Buena Vista in October, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Loma.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Loma

Loma
Loma is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument, then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and then appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Highline Lake State Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Loma vacation builder.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Loma by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Loma, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Loma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fruita, Grand Mesa
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Highline Lake State Park ©
Highline Lake State Park

4
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Cliff Palace). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Loma to Durango takes 4 hours. Traveling from Loma in October, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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