22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  4​h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Telluride
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Dublin

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Roxborough State Park and Cherry Creek State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Deer Creek Canyon Park (in Littleton), Mesa Trail (in Boulder) and Aurora Reservoir (in Aurora). There's still lots to do: cool off at Water World.

To find photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver itinerary maker app .

Dublin, Ireland to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Littleton, Aurora, Mesa Trail, Water World
Highlights from your plan
Deer Creek Canyon Park ©
Deer Creek Canyon Park
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

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.
Do your shopping at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and The Old Fashion Candy Store. Visiting The Beach at Grand Lake and Lily Lake will get you outdoors. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Sky Pond & Bear Lake). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Sprague Lake and see what you can catch with Trout Haven Fishing Pond.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake

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.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Boyd Lake State Park and then explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): relax and float downstream with A1 Wildwater Rafting and then add some fun to your beach time Rocky Mountain Adventures.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins trip site .

Drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Boyd Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Boyd Lake State Park ©
Boyd Lake State Park
Rocky Mountain Adventures ©
Rocky Mountain Adventures
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River

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 3rd (Sat): stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Collins in October: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 17°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Elk Mountain Expeditions and Rock Gardens Rafting. Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Crater Lake Trail in Aspen, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and Head underground at Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument and then trek along Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in October: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Western Colorado Botanical Gardens ©

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, and then get the adrenaline pumping with RIGS Adventure CO Fly Shop & Guide Service. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls and then explore the activities along San Miguel River.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Telluride trip maker app .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Telluride in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Grand Junction, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

RIGS Adventure CO Fly Shop & Guide Service, Ouray Hot Springs Pool
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at San Juan National Forest and Durango Rafting Company. Go for a jaunt from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park to see Cliff Palace about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Honeyville and whizz through the canopy at Southwest Raft & Jeep.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durango tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Telluride to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Telluride in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Durango: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cliff Palace
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

2
nights
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Wed), take a memorable excursion with Performance Tours Whitewater Rafting, then get interesting insight from The Adventure Company, and then admire the sheer force of Agnes Vaille Waterfall. On the next day, relax and float downstream with Browns Canyon Rafting, then explore the activities along Cottonwood Lake, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista holiday builder app .

Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Agnes Vaille Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
The Adventure Company ©
The Adventure Company
Browns Canyon Rafting ©
Browns Canyon Rafting
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake

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