12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary builder

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Denver itinerary planner.

Raleigh to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Raleigh to Denver. Traveling from Raleigh in March, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 55°F and lows about 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In March, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder than Estes Park - with highs of 45°F and lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Trails

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.
On the 20th (Fri), trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains and then deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area, get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then stroll through Vail Mountain Resort.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vail route maker app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Vail can reach 33°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, see the interesting displays at Colorado Springs Military Museum, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planning website.

You can drive from Vail to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 28°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.