10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then hike along Palmer Park.

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New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 18th (Sun), trek along Mesa Trail, then make a trip to Flagstaff Mountain, and then look for gifts at El Loro. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pearl Street Mall, then walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then stop by McGuckin Hardware.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Boulder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Boulder, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Trails

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Honeyville or Telluride Truffle. Take a break from the city and head to San Juan National Forest and Ski Butlers Telluride. Step out of Durango with an excursion to Telluride Trappings and Toggery in Telluride--about 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, trek along Animas Mountain Trail, stroll through Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and get a new perspective on things with Southwest Raft & Jeep.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Boulder to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boulder in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Durango, with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Cortez

— 2 nights
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Yucca House National Monument and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hovenweep National Monument.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cortez trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.