19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Golden
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Fort Collins
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Golden

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): catch some excitement at Colorado Railroad Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Dinosaur Ridge, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain. Keep things going the next day: get active on the water at Raft Masters, relax and float downstream with Liquid Descent Whitewater Rafting, and then shake up your sightseeing with AVA Rafting & Zipline.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Golden online day trip planner.

New York City to Golden is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Golden, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Golden

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally cool off at Water World. On the next day, explore the galleries of Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House, then see the interesting displays at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Denver vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Denver is just a short distance from Golden. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 22nd (Tue), examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, then hike along Palmer Park, and finally see where the action happens at Olympic Training Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at ProRodeo Hall of Fame, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Boulder

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get behind the scenes at Leanin' Tree, then browse the different shops at Pearl Street Mall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain, and finally trek along Mesa Trail. On your second day here, hike along Flatirons, stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then take in breathtaking views at Eldorado Canyon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Boulder sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Boulder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. September in Boulder sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, relax and float downstream with Rocky Mountain Adventures, then take a tour by water with A1 Wildwater Rafting, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, then explore the world behind art at Swetsville Zoo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Collins trip planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 28th (Mon), take a tour by water with Paddle Colorado, then cast your line with Yampa Valley Anglers, and then take a leisurely stroll along Rotary Park Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs visit planner.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Collins in September: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 72°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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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 30th (Wed): let the river carry you with Rock Gardens Rafting, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and then test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Winter Sports

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 2nd (Fri), fly down the slopes at Buttermilk Mountain and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

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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 4th (Sun), relax and float downstream with Flexible Flyers Rafting, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and then let the river carry you with Mountain Waters Rafting & Adventure Company. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then see Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours, then kick your exploration up a notch at Southwest Raft & Jeep, and finally take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durango sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.