17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Estes Park
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 3 nights
Fly

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Estes Park

— 1 night
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 5th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake and then cast your line with Trout Haven Fishing Pond.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park travel itinerary planner.

Riga, Latvia to Estes Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Riga to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riga in August, you will find days in Estes Park are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 3 nights

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.
Visiting Dillon Reservoir and Vail Mountain Resort will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gore Creek Fly Fishing and White River National Forest. On the 9th (Tue), do a day of snowy sightseeing with Breckenridge Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge day trip app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in August: highs in Breckenridge hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Core Trail and Yampa Valley Anglers. Step off the beaten path and head to Tread of Pioneers Museum and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk, hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
On the 13th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves and then let the river carry you with Rock Gardens Rafting.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at Telluride Trappings and Toggery, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Silverton Mountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at San Juan National Forest and Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Animas River Trail and Flexible Flyers Rafting. When in Durango, make a side trip to see Wolf Creek Ski Resort in Pagosa Springs, approximately Pagosa Springs away. There's still lots to do: hike along Animas Mountain Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.