34 days in Colorado Itinerary

34 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Fly to Cortez Municipal Airport, Drive to Mesa Verde National Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
Drive to Eagle County Regional Airport, Fly to Washington

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Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 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: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, and steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park attractions tool.

Washington to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington to Mesa Verde National Park. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington in May since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Durango

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and hike along Animas River Trail.

Before you visit Durango, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, shop like a local with Sundance and Friends, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll around McPhelemy Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista road trip website.

Getting from Durango to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Durango in May, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 5 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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in May; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall) and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

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Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 4 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Collins: Mariana Butte Golf Course (in Loveland), Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, relax in the rural setting at Bee Family Farm, and learn the secrets of beer at Budweiser Brewery Experience.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Nature

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: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · 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 12th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in June, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 78°F and lows at 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Glenwood Springs

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Independence Pass, &more). There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.