21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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21 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Paris

3
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.
Denver Botanic Gardens and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at 16th Street Mall and Bags by Cab Yarn Shoppe. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Boulder to see Pearl Street Mall about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Union Station, enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver attractions website .

Paris, France to Denver is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Paris in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Historic Olde Town Arvada, Crown Hill Park, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Earthwood Artisans. Visiting Winter Park Resort and Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

2
nights
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 14th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats and then grab your bike and head to Steamboat Ski Resort. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then look for gifts at Steamboat Art Company, and finally test your problem-solving skills at The Crooked Key.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online trip planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs by combination of car and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in February, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 1°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Powdercats ©
Steamboat Powdercats

4
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 in touch with nature at Aspen Snowmass and Vail Mountain Resort. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gene Taylor Sports and Cooper Corner Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Vail Interfaith Chapel (in Vail) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). On the 18th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February in Aspen, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Vail, Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

2
nights
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 20th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Durango Snowbike Experience.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango vacation planning site .

Getting from Aspen to Durango by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Park Point, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. February in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Colorado City Historic District and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, stop by American Classics Marketplace, get outside with Adventures Out West, and stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Colorado Springs using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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