12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Durango
— 4 nights
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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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Albany to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Albany to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Albany in June, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 14th (Sun), cruise along Old Fall River Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park attractions planning site.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trek along McCullough Gulch, and then admire all the interesting features of Boreas Pass Road. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then stroll through Booth Falls Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge holiday planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then walk around The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip builder tool.

Getting from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Durango

— 4 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.
Spruce Tree House and Cortez Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Animas River Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Ouray (Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour & Perimeter Trail), Petroglyph Point Hike (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Bear Creek Falls (in Telluride). There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango day trip site.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.