16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Grand Junction
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Boulder
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Durango
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
8
Cortez
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Telluride
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
day
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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 maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, 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 fly; or drive. 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

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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.
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.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, 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 Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Rock Gardens Rafting ©
Rock Gardens Rafting
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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 ratings, reviews, photos, 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 shuttle; or 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 Trails

Side Trip

Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
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.

To see traveler tips, ratings, 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
Highlights from your plan

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.
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 maps, other places to visit, 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 bus and shuttle. 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

Side Trips

White River National Forest, The Colorado Angler, Dillon Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest
The Colorado Angler ©
The Colorado Angler
Dillon Reservoir ©
Dillon Reservoir

2
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
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.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, 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; or do a combination of shuttle and 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 Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Water World, The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park
Highlights from your plan
Water World ©
Water World
AVA Rafting & Zipline ©
AVA Rafting & Zipline
The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park ©
The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty 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 maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durango tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boulder to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. 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 catch the bus to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours ©
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

1
night
Cortez

Cortez ©
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 take a bus from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. 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

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Telluride trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Cortez to Telluride takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cortez in August: highs in Telluride hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

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