16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Paris

3
nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs journey planner.

Paris, France to Colorado Springs is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Paris to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Springs Incline
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Spruce Canyon Trail. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Park Point, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, then ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, and then trek along Piedra River Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi 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). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

2
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Snowmass Village online trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Snowmass Village in 6 hours. In April in Snowmass Village, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

The John Denver Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunlight Mountain Resort and Hanging Lake. And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, have some family-friendly fun at Johnson Park Miniature Golf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Snowmass Village to Glenwood Springs takes an hour. Traveling from Snowmass Village in May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Thermal Spas

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arapahoe Basin and Frisco Adventure Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Copper Mountain (in Copper Mountain) and Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Breckenridge using our trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect Breckenridge to be slightly colder, temps between 6°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arapahoe Basin, Frisco Adventure Park, Loveland Ski Area, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin

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