19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: San Jose

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.
Get outdoors at Aspen Snowmass and Gene Taylor Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs) and Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy and examine the collection at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aspen online visit planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Aspen is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Jose in February: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 4°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Vail Mountain Resort, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Toh-Atin Gallery, and finally enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Durango trip planner .

Getting from Aspen to Durango by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in February, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (8°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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.
On the 7th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then hike along Prater Ridge Trail.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In February in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Get outdoors at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, stop by American Classics Marketplace, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and browse for treasures at Ruxton's Trading Post.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. February in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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 12th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in February, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Art Center of Estes Park Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Bear Necessities & Cubs. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park), Swetsville Zoo (in Timnath) and New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Brownfield's, get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Start your trip to Estes Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 12°C and lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

New Belgium Brewing Company, Winter Park Resort, Swetsville Zoo, Wild Basin Area, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. 16th Street Mall and Union Station will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to Jeffco Open Space Parks in Golden, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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