13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boulder
— 3 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Cortez Municipal Airport
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Cortez
— 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.
On the 29th (Mon), deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, then take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs driving holiday 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. 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 June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and then take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Durango holiday maker app.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip app.

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Boulder

— 3 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.
Explore Boulder's surroundings by going to New Belgium Brewing Company (in Fort Collins) and Golden (Colorado Railroad Museum, Mother Cabrini Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: hike along Flatirons, stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and make a trip to Pearl Street Mall.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Boulder in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July; daily highs in Boulder reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 (Thu), wander the wide-open spaces of Majestic Dude Ranch. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Towac Visitor Center, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cortez attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Boulder to Cortez. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.