22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Telluride
— 3 nights
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights

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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 31st (Fri), stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then visit Downtown Estes Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park travel route planning tool.

Appleton to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Appleton to Estes Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Appleton in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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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 3rd (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, then examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs route site.

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park

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Aspen

Aspen ©

Rocky Mountain High

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the next day, examine the collection at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then stroll through Grottos Trail.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Aspen trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Sioux Villa Curio and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, see the interesting displays at Frontier Historical Museum, then stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs day trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Frontier Historical Museum ©
Frontier Historical Museum

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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. On the 9th (Sun), do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at St Kathryn Cellars, and finally hike along Canyon View Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction tour app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Grand Junction are much warmer (81°F), and nights are a bit warmer (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Grande River Vineyards & Winery ©
Grande River Vineyards & Winery
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery
St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Ouray County Museum and Town Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Jud Wiebe Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Painted Wall (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Telluride Truffle (in Telluride). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ouray trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, expect Ouray to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Ruins Road and then make a trip to Park Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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. On the 16th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Valley Floor, take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum, and then head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, trek along Blue Lakes Trail, and then trek along Last Dollar Road.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Telluride driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Telluride, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
San Juan Outdoor Adventures ©
San Juan Outdoor Adventures
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
On your second day here, see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, cruise along Guanella Pass, and then stop by Breckenridge Hat Company.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Breckenridge takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Telluride in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Guanella Pass ©
Guanella Pass

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