30 days in Colorado Itinerary

30 days in Colorado Itinerary

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30 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h
1
Durango
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
bus + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Toronto

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Trimble Hot Springs. Head to Honeyville and Scenic Aperture Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez), Dolores (The Anasazi Heritage Center & Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.) and Mesa Verde National Park (Nordenskiold #16 Trail, Step House, & more). There's lots more to do: get curious at Powerhouse Science Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pinkerton Hot Springs, and do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery.

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Toronto, Canada to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Durango, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect nights in Durango to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores, Cortez Cultural Center
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Long House ©
Long House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Step House ©
Step House

5
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Rifle Falls. Get outdoors at Rifle Gap State Park and Hippy Hot Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Vail (Vail Farmers' Market & Vail Valley). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery, admire the verdant scenery at Roaring Fork Valley, and examine the collection at Frontier Historical Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs planning site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vail, Rifle Gap State Park
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Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Spas

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Tread of Pioneers Museum and Country Junction are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Routt National Forest and Yampa River Core Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Steamboat Springs: Snowy Range Scenic Byway (in Centennial) and Grand Encampment Museum (in Encampment). And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name Catholic Church.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Centennial, Grand Encampment Museum
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Spas

5
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.
Head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Estes Park Museum and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Cheyenne (Laramie County Public Library & Historic Governors' Mansion). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, take in the waterfront activity at Lake Estes Marina, and stroll around Estes Park Visitor Center.

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Do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July; daily highs in Estes Park reach 38°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheyenne
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seven Bridges Trail and Palmer Park. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, get engrossed in the history at ANA Money Museum, and stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs journey tool .

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Seven Bridges Trail
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Littleton Museum and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Visit Dinosaur Ridge and Byers-Evans House for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (in Golden) and Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder County Farmers Market, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, admire the natural beauty at Washington Park, and indulge your taste buds at The Source.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Denver holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder, Littleton Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
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