20 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

20 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado & Moab Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Cortez
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
10
Durango
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Tunnel Drive and then catch a ride on Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip site .

New York City to Canon City is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Canon City. Traveling from New York City in May, Canon City is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): trot along with National Park Gateway Stables, walk around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park tour planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Estes Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Boulder
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
National Park Gateway Stables ©
National Park Gateway Stables
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

3
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 13th (Fri), walk around Garden of the Gods, then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center.

Plan my day in Colorado Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado 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

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Fort Collins is known for adventure, breweries & distilleries, parks, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get active on the water at Rocky Mountain Adventures, admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and get curious at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Swetsville Zoo, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Rocky Mountain Adventures ©
Rocky Mountain Adventures
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

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.
Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Georgetown Loop Railroad (in Georgetown) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Main Street, head outdoors with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Breckenridge, cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge tour itinerary website .

Getting from Fort Collins to Breckenridge by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Fort Collins, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Georgetown Loop Railroad, South Park City Museum, Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. On the next day, test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Grand Junction is known for nature, childrens museums, wineries, shopping, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Junction travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Grand Junction hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Delicate Arch, Fiery Furnace, & more). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and explore the fascinating underground world of Hole 'N the Rock.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Grand Junction to Moab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May in Moab, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

1
night
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace and then wander the wide-open spaces of Majestic Dude Ranch.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cortez tour website .

Traveling by car from Moab to Cortez takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cortez when traveling from Moab in May, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cliff Palace, Majestic Dude Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Majestic Dude Ranch ©
Majestic Dude Ranch

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cortez to Durango by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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