18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Luis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Dinosaur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Athens

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Manitou Cliff Dwellings, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. On the 1st (Mon), explore the galleries of Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, then tour the old-fashioned way with The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smiling Toad Brewery.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Colorado Springs is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Athens to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in May: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Luis.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Smiling Toad Brewery ©
Smiling Toad Brewery

1
night
San Luis

San Luis ©
The Town of San Luis is a statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous town of Costilla County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stations of the Cross Shrine and then identify plant and animal life at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Luis vacation planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to San Luis in 2.5 hours. In May, San Luis is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Canon City.

Things to do in San Luis

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge ©
Stations of the Cross Shrine ©
Stations of the Cross Shrine

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the old-fashioned way with Royal Gorge Route Railroad, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City vacation planner.

You can drive from San Luis to Canon City in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Luis in May: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 29°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Royal Gorge Route Railroad ©
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Main Street, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Copper Mountain. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Arapahoe Basin and then make a trip to Main Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in May: highs in Breckenridge hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -1°C. You will leave for Snowmass Village on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin
Highlights from your plan
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

1
night
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Elmo as well as Maroon Bells. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and then see a world frozen in time at St. Elmo.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Snowmass Village itinerary maker.

Getting from Breckenridge to Snowmass Village by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Snowmass Village, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 1°C. On the 8th (Mon), you're off toBlack Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maroon Bells, St. Elmo
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
St. Elmo ©
St. Elmo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, Inc., take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park custom trip planner.

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, get curious at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, then stroll through Children's Nature Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Colorado National Monument.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fruita vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Fruita takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Fruita can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Dinosaur.

Things to do in Fruita

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

1
night
Dinosaur

Dinosaur ©
Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): trek along Harper's Corner, delve into the distant past at Dinosaur National Monument, and then get a new perspective on nature at Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dinosaur trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fruita to Dinosaur in 2 hours. Traveling from Fruita in May, Dinosaur is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Dinosaur

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Quarry Exhibit Hall
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur National Monument ©
Dinosaur National Monument
Quarry Exhibit Hall ©
Quarry Exhibit Hall

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs vacation trip planner.

Drive from Dinosaur to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dinosaur in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (11°C), and nights are little chillier (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then grab your bike and head to Steamboat Ski Resort.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 21°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

1
night
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trail Ridge Road as well as Horseback Riding Tours. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Lake trip generator.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Grand Lake in 2 hours. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Grand Lake: temperatures range from 6°C by day to -3°C at night. You'll set off for Denver on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
You've added Coors Field, Colorado State Capitol, United States Mint, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): learn the secrets of beer at Coors Brewery, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore and take pictures at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. On the next day, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then ponder the world of politics at United States Mint, then get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, and finally explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Denver vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Denver takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Lake in May, expect nights in Denver to be somewhat warmer, around 7°C, while days are much hotter, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Coors Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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