21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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21 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Steamboat Springs is known for nature, winter sports, fun & games, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, have fun at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Botanic Park, and take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Make your Steamboat Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park (Earthwood Artisans & Art Center of Estes Park Gallery) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's still lots to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, and trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Flatirons (in Boulder) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Flatirons, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, 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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 23rd (Sat), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canon City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. June in Canon City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

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.
Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Hanging Lake Trail about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Aspen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Hanging Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
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 29th (Fri): explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally stop by Animas Chocolate Company.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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