12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 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: walk around Garden of the Gods, pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, catch a live event at Olympic Training Center, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs sightseeing site.

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. Traveling from New York City in October, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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 5th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Valmont Bike Park, walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. On the next day, explore the galleries of Colorado Railroad Museum and then cool off at Water World.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Boulder tour builder site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Boulder by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Boulder can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Theme Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Honeyville, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

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.
On the 9th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cortez trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Cortez takes 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 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a tour by water with Canyon Bikes and then test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Glenwood Springs takes 5 hours. Traveling from Cortez in October, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (47°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks

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.