11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boulder
— 2 nights
Fly
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly

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Colorado Springs

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 11th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmer Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online road trip planner.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then stop by Brownfield's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake and then see Backbone Adventures.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park route builder site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

2
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Boulder

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and then hike along Mesa Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Boulder day trip planning app.

Getting from Estes Park to Boulder by car takes about an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): trek along Animas Mountain Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Boulder to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boulder in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Durango, with lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Cortez

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Towac Visitor Center and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cortez road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Cortez takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Cortez, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.