22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​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
8
Durango
— 3 nights
End: Pittsburgh

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 5th (Fri), hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and finally stop by F.M. Light & Sons.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online road trip planner .

Pittsburgh to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Pittsburgh in June since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocky Mountain National Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Horseback Riding Tours
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Evans. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley & Flatirons). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, stroll through Denver Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get outdoors at Garden of the Gods and Helen Hunt Falls. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip site .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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 19th (Fri): get great views at Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, then relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista road trip planning website .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler 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 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Independence Pass, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Aspen are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Aspen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

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