12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Boulder
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, deepen your understanding at Colorado College, get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs tour planning website.

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. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Boulder

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulder: Golden (Colorado Railroad Museum & Lookout Mountain) and Fort Collins (Fossil Creek Park, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall, immerse yourself in nature at Eldorado Canyon State Park, stroll through Valmont Bike Park, and stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park.

To plan Boulder vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Boulder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October in Boulder, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, and then look for gifts at Honeyville.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Boulder to Durango in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Boulder in October since evenings lows in Durango dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Cortez

— 1 night
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.
On the 17th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cortez trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.