13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Littleton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Telluride
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Alamosa
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
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.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park online day trip planner .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Estes Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Littleton.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bear Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Littleton

Littleton ©
Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Deer Creek Canyon Park and then explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Littleton day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Littleton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Littleton

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Deer Creek Canyon Park ©
Deer Creek Canyon Park

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort and then stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Main Street and then identify plant and animal life at White River National Forest.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip planner .

Getting from Littleton to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Littleton in May, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around 31°F, while days are much colder, around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail Mountain Resort, Beaver Creek Ski Area, White River National Forest
Highlights from your plan
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Steamboat Ski Resort and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online attractions planner .

Take a bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

Plan my day in Glenwood Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

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night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for much hotter days in Grand Junction, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then boost your wellbeing at Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River, get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Telluride trip planner .

Getting from Grand Junction to Telluride by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in May; daily highs in Telluride reach 55°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Ouray
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
Ouray Hot Springs Pool ©
Ouray Hot Springs Pool

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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 18th (Wed): let the river carry you with Flexible Flyers Rafting, trek along Animas River Trail, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and finally stroll through Animas Mountain Trail. Keep things going the next day: hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durango driving holiday app .

Traveling by shuttle from Telluride to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in May, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Flexible Flyers Rafting ©
Flexible Flyers Rafting

1
night
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Alamosa travel route app .

Getting from Durango to Alamosa by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Alamosa can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamosa

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
San Luis Valley Brewing Company ©
San Luis Valley Brewing Company

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