12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Longmont
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
2
Boulder
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
day
Longmont

Longmont ©
The City of Longmont is a Home Rule Municipality in Boulder and Weld counties of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Lyons Farmette.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Longmont trip maker .

New York City to Longmont is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Longmont. Expect slightly colder evenings in Longmont when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.
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Lyons Farmette ©
Lyons Farmette

2
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Canyon State Park as well as Flatirons. Get outdoors at Flagstaff Mountain and Eldorado Canyon.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Boulder tour itinerary planner .

Boulder is just a stone's throw from Longmont. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Golden Gate Canyon State Park
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park ©
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Estes Park Massage, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then explore the activities along Sprague Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, see the interesting displays at Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection, and then explore the activities along Sky Pond.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Estes Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake
Sky Pond ©
Sky Pond
Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection ©
Baldpate Inn Key Room Collection

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Benson Park Sculpture Garden has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, get engrossed in the history at Loveland Museum/Gallery, and then hike along Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Poudre River Trail and then examine the collection at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Fort Collins trip builder app .

You can drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. In October in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Loveland, Poudre River Trail
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Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area ©
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Loveland Museum/Gallery ©
Loveland Museum/Gallery

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nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Rotary Park Boardwalk, and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls and then see Arkansas Valley Adventures - Day Rafting.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fort Collins in October; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 59°F and lows reach 30°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Arkansas Valley Adventures - Day Rafting
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Rotary Park Boardwalk ©
Rotary Park Boardwalk

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night
Cortez

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 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cortez road trip planning app .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Cortez in 7 hours. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 34°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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