16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Grand Junction
— 1 day
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
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Cortez
— 1 night
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Telluride
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction

— 1 day
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Delicate Arch. On the 16th (Sun), stop by Enstrom's, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction online travel planner.

New York City to Grand Junction is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, Grand Junction is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): relax and float downstream with Rock Gardens Rafting and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake. Keep things going the next day: boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online route planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in August, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Independence Ghost Town, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then cast your line with Elk Mountain Expeditions. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Crater Lake Trail and then see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen road trip tool.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Gore Creek Fly Fishing and then trek along Booth Falls Trail.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vail trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Vail, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Breckenridge

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with The Colorado Angler and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at White River National Forest.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip maker app.

You can drive from Vail to Breckenridge in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. August in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get active on the water at Raft Masters and then shake up your sightseeing with AVA Rafting & Zipline. On your second day here, make a splash at Water World and then make a splash at The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boulder holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Boulder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in August: highs in Boulder hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Theme Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest. Keep things going the next day: see Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours and then relax and float downstream with Mountain Waters Rafting & Adventure Company.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durango tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Boulder to Durango takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durango when traveling from Boulder in August, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Nature

Cortez

— 1 night
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hovenweep National Monument.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cortez vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Cortez, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Cortez

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the activities along San Miguel River and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Telluride road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cortez to Telluride in 2 hours. When traveling from Cortez in August, plan for slightly colder days in Telluride, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.