15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Canon City
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Steamboat Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and finally stop by F.M. Light & Sons.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in April, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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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 23rd (Tue): stop by Snowmass Sports and then fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip app.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in April, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are slightly colder (38°F), and nights are about the same (25°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

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Breckenridge

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see the winter wonderland with Breckenridge Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then enjoy some diversion at Tumble Bubbles.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

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Canon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Canon City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in April, you will find days in Canon City are much warmer (65°F), and nights are a bit warmer (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Canon City in April; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Denver

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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall). And it doesn't end there: catch a live event at Coors Field, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver online visit planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.