23 days in Colorado Itinerary

23 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
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Vail
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Grand Junction

— 2 nights
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 1st (Wed): learn about winemaking at Debeque Canyon Winery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument.

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

Raleigh to Grand Junction is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Raleigh in April; daily highs in Grand Junction reach 64°F and lows reach 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Glenwood Springs' surroundings by going to Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen Highlands, &more). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in April, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Vail

— 4 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vail: River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista), Loveland Pass (in Keystone) and Steamboat Springs (Tread of Pioneers Museum, The Crooked Key, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Vail Mountain Resort, take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, make a trip to Main Street, and fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vail online road trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Vail, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Fort Collins (Horsetooth Mountain Open Space & Spring Canyon Community Park) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kruger Rock.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in April, you will find days in Estes Park are much warmer (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denver

— 4 nights

Mile-High City

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing Company & Old Town Spice Shop). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in April: highs in Denver hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
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 parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.