16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Willemstad, Curacao
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Fruita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Willemstad, Curacao

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip maker website .

Willemstad, Curacao to Denver is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Willemstad to Denver, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Willemstad in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Denver. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
American Museum of Western Art ©
American Museum of Western Art

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.
Head to Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Mountain Blown Glassfor plenty of shopping. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Estes Park with an excursion to Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Brownfield's, take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Bear Lake, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): go for a walk through Fairy Forest and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Breckenridge Hat Company, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Epic Discovery at Breck, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Fruita.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Epic Discovery at Breck ©
Epic Discovery at Breck
River Rafting & Tubing
Breckenridge Hat Company ©
Breckenridge Hat Company

2
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Colorado National Monument has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Double O Arch and then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Fruita trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denver to Fruita. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in July: highs in Fruita hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fruita

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

Scenic Byway of Highway 128, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip app .

Drive from Fruita to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Fruita in July, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Outdoors Spas
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online visit planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Denver

On the 17th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then stop by McGuckin Hardware, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Denver in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Boulder, Cherry Creek State Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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