12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Boulder
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Trinidad
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
You've now added Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, browse the exhibits of Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House, and then take a stroll through LoDo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum, and then glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver tour itinerary planner .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Clyfford Still Museum ©
Clyfford Still Museum

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Flagstaff Mountain.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder trip itinerary site .

Boulder is very close to Denver. In September in Boulder, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park

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.
Bear Lake has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, and then examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park holiday builder website .

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by combination of bus and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Pioneer Village Museum and then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): get out on two wheels at Granby Ranch.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Lake itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake in 2 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in September, plan for colder days in Grand Lake, with highs around 46°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Granby Ranch, Pioneer Village Museum
Highlights from your plan
Granby Ranch ©
Granby Ranch
Pioneer Village Museum ©
Pioneer Village Museum

1
night
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. On the 12th (Sat), get interesting insight from Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, then see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Leadville vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Leadville takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Leadville, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Leadville

Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin ©
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad ©

2
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Cottonwood Lake has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sun), let the river carry you with The Adventure Company and then explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista itinerary builder site .

Drive from Leadville to Buena Vista in an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Leadville in September, with highs in Buena Vista at 73°F and lows at 42°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Adventure Company ©
The Adventure Company
Browns Canyon Rafting ©
Browns Canyon Rafting
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake

1
night
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Tue), explore the world behind art at A. R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art and then admire the majestic nature at Trinidad Lake State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Trinidad in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Trinidad to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad Lake State Park ©
Trinidad Lake State Park

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