15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  16​h
1
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Paris

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango travel route planner.

Paris, France to Durango is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Paris to Durango. Traveling from Paris in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and then take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park and then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online vacation planner .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (16°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
River Rafting & Tubing
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in April, plan for slightly colder days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
On the 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Keep things going the next day: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, and then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in April: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Rifle Falls
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

3
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area. Attractions like Frisco Adventure Park and Granby Ranch make great kid-friendly stops. When in Breckenridge, make a side trip to see Argo Mill and Tunnel in Idaho Springs, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Blue River Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. April in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arapahoe Basin, Argo Mill and Tunnel, Frisco Adventure Park, Granby Ranch, Loveland Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Granby Ranch ©
Granby Ranch

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