17 days in Colorado Itinerary

17 days in Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): meet the residents at Downtown Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Water World and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Denver online sightseeing planner .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 66°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Water World
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Downtown Aquarium ©
Downtown Aquarium
Water World ©
Water World

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): go deep underground at Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel, hit the slopes at Maison de Ski, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Idaho Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Idaho Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Idaho Springs, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel
Maison de Ski ©
Maison de Ski

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Idaho Springs in May, plan for much warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 68°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

2
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV. On the next day, explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve tour itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect little chillier with lows of 32°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mosca, Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV ©
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Montrose Botanic Gardens and then admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Montrose, Ridgway State Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ridgway State Park ©
Ridgway State Park

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 11th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. May in Glenwood Springs sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and finally look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Steamboat Ski Resort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then explore and take pictures at Glacier Creek Stables, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Glacier Creek Stables ©
Glacier Creek Stables
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver travel planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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