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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Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Littleton
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alamosa
— 1 night
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Estes Park

— 1 day
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.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park online day trip planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. 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

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Littleton

— 1 night
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 ratings, maps, more things to do, 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, bus, and tram; or 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

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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 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.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Littleton to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and bus; or 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
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 find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online attractions planner.

Do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Grand Junction

— 1 night
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 reviews, photos, where to stay, 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

Telluride

— 2 nights
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. On your second day here, 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, traveler tips, 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 go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

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 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 explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Durango takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. 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 · Nature

Alamosa

— 1 night
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.

To see photos 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 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.