13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Syracuse

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Denver journey maker site .

Syracuse to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. April in Denver sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. April in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey planning website .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
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 25th (Thu): stop by Toh-Atin Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

Plan trip to Durango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in April since evenings lows in Durango dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. On the 26th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Snowmass Village online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Snowmass Village takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in April: highs in Snowmass Village hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

The John Denver Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glenwood Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Snowmass Village to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Snowmass Village in April: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Spas Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 29th (Mon), stop by F.M. Light & Sons, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

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