31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Fort Collins
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Fort Collins

— 2 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Fort Collins side-trips: Mariana Butte Golf Course (in Loveland) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip itinerary planning website.

Syracuse to Fort Collins is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fort Collins when traveling from Syracuse in May, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, and go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park.

Plan my day in Estes Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. May in Estes Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Denver

— 5 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 (Foster's Place Playground & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour), Boulder (Flatirons & Colorado Chautauqua: Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Denver travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Denver are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, take a stroll through Old Colorado City, and deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker website.

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. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, then view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around McPhelemy Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Buena Vista online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 19th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Northwest Colorado, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and shuttle; or take a bus. May in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Independence Pass, &more). There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs journey planning website.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 nights
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.
When in Durango, make a side trip to see The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, approximately Dolores away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Durango vacation maker tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are much hotter, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 4 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Mesa Verde National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, don't miss a visit to Step House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 31st (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

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.