12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Golden
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cortez
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Colorado Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, then take an in-depth tour of ANA Money Museum, and finally trek along Palmer Park. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Miramont Castle Museum, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum ©
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

3
nights
Golden

Golden ©
Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Appreciate the collections at Colorado Railroad Museum and Golden History Museum & Park. Get in touch with nature at Roxborough State Park and Deer Creek Canyon Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Mesa Trail & Flagstaff Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum and take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Golden trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Golden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Golden can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Littleton, Boulder
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Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Colorado Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Railroad Museum
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park journey builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Golden to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Shopping
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3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cliff Palace and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Get some historical perspective at Hovenweep National Monument and Spruce Tree House. It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Towac Visitor Center and get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cortez trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Estes Park to Cortez. In August, daytime highs in Cortez are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Towac Visitor Center, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

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nights
Durango

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 21st (Fri): trek along Animas Mountain Trail, take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and then stroll through Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then relax and float downstream with Durango Rafting Company.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip website .

Take a bus from Cortez to Durango in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. August in Durango sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours
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