11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
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Fort Collins
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Denver

Mile-High City

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: gain insight at Colorado Railroad Museum, stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then cool off at Water World.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver journey tool.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 52°F. 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 20th (Sun), relax and float downstream with A1 Wildwater Rafting, relax and float downstream with Rocky Mountain Adventures, and then see the sky in a new way 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 see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fort Collins day trip website.

You can drive from Denver to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and 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 drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

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 other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. 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 · Winter Sports · Trails

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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.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and 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 · Outdoors

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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 relax and float downstream 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 find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Durango online trip builder.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. 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 · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.