13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get some cultural insight at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Manitou Springs Incline. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs attractions planning site .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Manitou Springs Incline
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 29th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Canon City to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and then examine the collection at Healy House & Dexter Cabin.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Leadville day trip site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Leadville takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Leadville to be much colder, temps between 68°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Leadville

Museums Tours
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Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin ©
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad ©

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 31st (Fri): tour the water at your own pace with Blue Sky Adventures and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Sioux Villa Curio and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs tour planner .

You can drive from Leadville to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Traveling from Leadville in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Glenwood Springs, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade Falls Park and Bear Creek Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Perimeter Trail and Ouray County Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in September, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 5th (Wed), hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, make a trip to Park Point, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cortez trip builder tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Cortez in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cortez, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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