10 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Boulder City
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Telluride
— 1 day
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Boulder City trip maker .

Washington DC to Boulder City is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Boulder City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Boulder City, with highs around 102°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Helicopter Tours
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

1
day
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Telluride road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boulder City to Telluride takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Boulder City in June, with highs in Telluride at 72°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Yankee Girl Mine
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Off-Road Tours
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Durango, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Telluride to Durango by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Telluride, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen vacation planner.

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Aspen, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Plan a trip to Estes Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in June; daily highs in Estes Park reach 87°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Spas
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Spas

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Colorado Springs (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo & Garden of the Gods). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Before you visit Denver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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