11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Denver Botanic Gardens, Downtown Aquarium and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. On the 18th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Downtown Aquarium, then examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Colorado Railroad Museum, walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then make a splash at Water World.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Chautauqua: Park, Colorado Railroad Museum, Water World
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Sun), relax and float downstream with A1 Wildwater Rafting, get active on the water at Rocky Mountain Adventures, and then get curious at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Windsor Lake and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fort Collins day trip website .

You can drive from Denver to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Fort Collins sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Windsor Lake
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Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
Rocky Mountain Adventures ©
Rocky Mountain Adventures
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery ©
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then stroll through Steamboat Ski Resort, then browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally pick up some new knowledge with Steamboat Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk and then see what you can catch with Yampa Valley Anglers.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Steamboat Springs is little chillier than Fort Collins - with highs of 72°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio, and then relax and float downstream with Rock Gardens Rafting. On your second day here, boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Nature Parks
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Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Rock Gardens Rafting ©
Rock Gardens Rafting
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): relax and float downstream with Flexible Flyers Rafting, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, and then see the sights as you ascend with Mountain Waters Rafting & Adventure Company. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then see Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours, then kick your exploration up a notch at Southwest Raft & Jeep, and finally get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Durango online trip builder .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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