16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Bus + Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 25th (Sat), hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, fly down the slopes at Mount Werner, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs road trip planner.

San Francisco to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake & Trail Ridge Road). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Start your trip to Estes Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in April: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 64°F and lows are around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Denver itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in April, you will find days in Denver are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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.
On the 6th (Wed), go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then make a trip to Main Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect nights in Breckenridge to be a bit cooler, around 31°F, while days are much colder, around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Vail Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen Highlands, &more). There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Glenwood Springs are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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