13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Estes Park (Spas, Off-Road Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Denver online road trip planner .

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, expect Denver to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

3
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder tool .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, then have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail online itinerary planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in April, you will find days in Vail are cooler (35°F), and nights are little chillier (22°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beaver Creek
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen Highlands, & more). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs planner .

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
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 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Steamboat Ski Resort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs and then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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