13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip maker

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Manitou Springs Incline and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Visiting Helen Hunt Falls and Seven Bridges Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planning site.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Colorado Springs. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in August, with highs in Colorado Springs at 83°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Shop till you drop at American Museum of Western Art and Denver Botanic Gardens. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Center for Colorado Women's History are in your itinerary. Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Denver Firefighters Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
On the 6th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 72°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online attractions planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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 9th (Thu): wander the streets of Vail Valley and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Booth Falls Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Vail by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.