12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Golden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Cortez Municipal Airport
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Cortez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Golden

— 3 nights

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Colorado Railroad Museum and Golden History Museum & Park. Get outdoors at Roxborough State Park and Flagstaff Mountain. Explore Golden's surroundings by going to Mesa Trail (in Boulder) and Deer Creek Canyon Park (in Littleton). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum and take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Golden road trip website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Golden in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 1 night
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, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park journey builder site.

You can drive from Golden to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. 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

Cortez

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cliff Palace and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Get some historical perspective at Hovenweep National Monument and Towac Visitor Center. Step out of Cortez to go to Mesa Verde National Park and see Spruce Tree House, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cortez road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Estes Park to Cortez with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Cortez can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
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.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip website.

Drive from Cortez to Durango in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 · Trails

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.