15 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

15 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cortez
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
8
Durango
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Keep things going the next day: walk around Garden of the Gods and then catch a live event at Olympic Training Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Change things up with a short trip to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, engage your brain at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Collins trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Highlights from your plan
Annual Flower Trial Garden ©
Annual Flower Trial Garden
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Hanging Lake and then test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Aspen Snowmass.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Fort Collins, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Winter Sports Spas

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then don't miss a visit to Pearl Street Mall.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Boulder
Highlights from your plan
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

2
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. Grand Junction is known for nature, childrens museums, wineries, shopping, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, learn about winemaking at Whitewater Hill Vineyards, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

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

Getting from Estes Park to Grand Junction by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Venture out of the city with trips to Arches National Park (Delicate Arch & Landscape Arch). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Hole 'N the Rock, and cruise along Potash Road.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Moab tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Moab in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

1
night
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 21st (Sat), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace and then get a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cortez attractions planner.

Getting from Moab to Cortez by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Moab in May since evenings lows in Cortez dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cliff Palace, Majestic Dude Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Majestic Dude Ranch ©
Majestic Dude Ranch

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 22nd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, then take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, and finally make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durango road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Cortez to Durango takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. May in Durango sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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