17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Orlando

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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Orlando to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Orlando to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Orlando in September: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Denver are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Carousel of Happiness, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Estes Park journey builder tool .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Independence Pass (in Aspen) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Guanella Pass, don't miss a visit to Oxygen Bar, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip builder website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: highs in Breckenridge hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Guanella Pass, River Rafting & Tubing, Independence Pass, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path

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 (Maroon Bells, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, & more). It doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa and take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

3
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Long House and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango tour planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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