16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City

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 15th (Fri), stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then have fun at Howelsen Ice Arena.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online tour itinerary maker .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect cooler with lows of 42°F in Steamboat Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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.
Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Hanging Lake Trail, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Maroon Bells
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much warmer (87°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley & Flatirons) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and browse the fresh offerings at The Source.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

2
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 25th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally make a trip to Ivywild School.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 27th (Wed), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Canon City online road trip planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In June in Canon City, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Canon City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally stop by Animas Chocolate Company.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 44°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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