22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Appleton

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online route planner .

Appleton to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Estes Park. Traveling from Appleton in August, you will find days in Estes Park are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at 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 Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, then see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park.

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Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then trek along Grottos Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Aspen at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Fri), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at 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.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Aspen to Glenwood Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

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

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Junction sightseeing planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for much hotter days in Grand Junction, with highs around 81°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Palisade
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

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Ouray County Museum and Town Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Jud Wiebe Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ouray: Telluride Truffle (in Telluride) and Painted Wall (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Ouray takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in September; daily highs in Ouray reach 66°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Telluride, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then shop like a local with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Ruins Road and then make a trip to Park Point.

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You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

3
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. On the 16th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Valley Floor, then get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum, and then get outside with San Juan Outdoor Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, then hike along Blue Lakes Trail, and then hike along Last Dollar Road.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Telluride journey planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Last Dollar Road
Highlights from your plan
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel

3
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, explore and take pictures at Guanella Pass, and then look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Telluride to Breckenridge takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Telluride, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 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

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, Vail Recreation Path, Dillon Reservoir, Guanella Pass, Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Dillon Reservoir ©
Dillon Reservoir

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