30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Boulder
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Collins
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Cortez
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Old Colorado City and Miramont Castle Museum will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palmer Park and Olympic Training Center. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, take in a show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of ANA Money Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs holiday planning site .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

6
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
For shopping fun, head to Pearl Street Mall or McGuckin Hardware. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eldorado Canyon and Roxborough State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Boulder: TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon (in Evergreen), Deer Creek Canyon Park (in Littleton) and Cherokee Ranch and Castle (in Sedalia). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Flagstaff Mountain, see the interesting displays at Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, get behind the scenes at Leanin' Tree, and trek along Mesa Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boulder trip planner .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Boulder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden, Littleton, TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon, Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio, Cussler Museum
Highlights from your plan
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Colorado Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Railroad Museum

3
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like New Belgium Brewing Company and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. For shopping fun, head to Benson Park Sculpture Garden or Outlets at Loveland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Collins: Centennial Village Museum: Living Heritage Experience (in Greeley) and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (in Loveland). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Swetsville Zoo and see the interesting displays at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park.

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Getting from Boulder to Fort Collins by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Loveland, Centennial Village Museum: Living Heritage Experience, Swetsville Zoo
Highlights from your plan
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery ©
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Steamboat Art Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ski Butlers Steamboat and Wyman Living History Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, stop by F.M. Light & Sons, indulge in some personalized pampering at Life Essentials Day Spa, and take in the exciting artwork at Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fort Collins in October; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 59°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Museums Shopping Spas

Side Trip

Craig
Highlights from your plan
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Wyman Living History Museum ©
Wyman Living History Museum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Breckenridge Bliss Massage Therapy and Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa. Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt (in Beaver Creek), Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame (in Vail) and Keystone Spa (in Keystone). The adventure continues: stop by Alpine Sports and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge day trip planning site .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are little chillier, around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Spas Nature Parks

Side Trips

Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt, Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Keystone Spa
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt ©
Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt

3
nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Enstrom's and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Two Rivers Winery and St Kathryn Cellars. There's much more to do: hike along Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, learn about winemaking at Graystone Winery, engage your brain at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and steep yourself in history at Cross Orchards Historic Site.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Junction online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Grand Junction takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In October, Grand Junction is a bit warmer than Breckenridge - with highs of 67°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Palisade, Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey
Highlights from your plan
Whitewater Hill Vineyards ©
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
St Kathryn Cellars ©
St Kathryn Cellars

2
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. On the 22nd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at San Juan County Historical Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Orvis Hot Springs, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ouray attractions planning tool .

Drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Spas Museums

Side Trips

San Juan County Historical Society, Orvis Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Orvis Hot Springs ©
Orvis Hot Springs
San Juan County Historical Society ©

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.
Animas Museum and Powerhouse Science Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Juan National Forest and Honeyville. The adventure continues: hike along Animas Mountain Trail, get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Durango Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Durango vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum
Durango Hot Springs ©
Durango Hot Springs

3
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Get some cultural insight at Hovenweep National Monument and Cortez Cultural Center. Explore hidden gems such as The Anasazi Heritage Center and Dolores Canyon. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Sutcliffe Vineyards.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cortez trip builder app .

Take a bus from Durango to Cortez in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cortez can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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