13 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Steamboat Springs is known for nature, winter sports, fun & games, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs day trip planning site .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, Steamboat Springs is much colder at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Independence Pass (in Aspen), Breckenridge (Room Escape Games & Main Street) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco). The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vail online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Independence Pass, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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 (Maroon Bells & The John Denver Sanctuary). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, make a trip to Clark Family Orchards, then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and finally learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery. On the next day, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Grand Junction hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Palisade, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery