12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Littleton
— 2 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palmer Park and Cheyenne Mountain State Park. There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation builder.

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. Traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Littleton.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Littleton

— 2 nights
Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Deer Creek Canyon Park and then explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): catch some excitement at Colorado Railroad Museum and then make a splash at Water World.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Littleton holiday builder app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Littleton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In September in Littleton, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Littleton

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the activities along Boulder Reservoir, then don't miss a visit to Pearl Street Mall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons. On your second day here, trek along Mesa Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain.

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You can drive from Littleton to Boulder in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 26th (Sat): let the river carry you with Flexible Flyers Rafting, then trek along Animas River Trail, and then trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas Mountain Trail.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durango online itinerary builder.

Getting from Boulder to Durango by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boulder in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Telluride Trappings and Toggery and then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ouray day trip site.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.