19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  4​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Aspen
— 2 nights
9
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), stop by Glen Haven General Store, look for gifts at Brownfield's, and then stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques, look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, stop by The Old Fashion Candy Store, look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, then look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, and finally stop by Macdonald Book Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary maker site .

Cincinnati to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Cincinnati in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Glen Haven General Store
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Long House and The Anasazi Heritage Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Petroglyph Point Hike and Hovenweep National Monument. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace and delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park route planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

1
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), look for gifts at Honeyville, see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Animas Chocolate Company.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. September in Durango sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Shopping Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

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You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Olive Fusion and then stop by Ready Paint Fire!.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge attractions website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September: highs in Breckenridge hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Shopping Fun & Games Classes
Highlights from your plan
Ready Paint Fire! ©
Ready Paint Fire!
Olive Fusion ©
Olive Fusion

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the next day, stop by Straightline Sports Outfitters, take an in-depth tour of Wyman Living History Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum of Northwest Colorado.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in September: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Craig
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for gifts at American Classics Marketplace. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Criterium Bicycles and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs route builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 79°F and lows at 51°F. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
American Classics Marketplace ©
American Classics Marketplace

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus and then stop by Snowmass Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, then look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports, and then hike along Rio Grande Trail.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online holiday planner .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
On the 14th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and then explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail. On the next day, stop by Explore Booksellers, then contemplate the long history of Redstone Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Wheeler/Stallard Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary website .

On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Redstone Castle Tours
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Redstone Castle Tours ©
Redstone Castle Tours
Wheeler/Stallard Museum ©
Wheeler/Stallard Museum

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