37 days in Colorado Itinerary

37 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Cortez Municipal Airport, Drive to Mesa Verde National Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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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
— 5 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 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: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Long House, and explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner.

Washington to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 38°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. May in Durango sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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 17th (Mon): see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, view the masterpieces at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, then walk around McPhelemy Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Durango to Buena Vista takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center (in Florence) and Cañon City (Museum of Colorado Prisons & River Rafting & Tubing). Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, walk around Lory State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park visit planner.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. In June in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 4 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, approximately Craig away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip planning tool.

Getting from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in June; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 78°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Independence Pass, &more). There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, admire the masterpieces at Carbondale Public Art, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs route builder tool.

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 June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.