46 days in Colorado Itinerary

46 days in Colorado Itinerary

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46 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New Bern
Fly:  7​h
1
Aspen
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Winter Park
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Fruita
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Denver
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Canon City
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New Bern

6
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Aspen Snowmass and Hanging Lake Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Hanging Lake). On the 18th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. On the 19th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and hit the slopes at Buttermilk Mountain.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Aspen online trip itinerary builder .

New Bern to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from New Bern in April: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 53°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, explore the stunning scenery at Browns Canyon National Monument, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a memorable drive along Monarch Pass.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Monarch Pass, Browns Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Monarch Pass ©
Monarch Pass
Browns Canyon National Monument ©
Browns Canyon National Monument

5
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.
Get outdoors at Vail Mountain Resort and Copper Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Vail Nordic Center (in Vail), Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon). On the 26th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. On the 29th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. There's more to do: make a trip to Main Street.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Breckenridge takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Buena Vista in April, expect nights in Breckenridge to be a bit cooler, around 22°F, while days are colder, around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Winter Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

2
nights
Winter Park

Winter Park ©
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Winter Park Resort. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Loveland Ski Area.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Winter Park road trip site .

Getting from Breckenridge to Winter Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Breckenridge in April; daily highs in Winter Park reach 27°F and lows reach 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Winter Park

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Loveland Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Steamboat Ski Resort and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex, get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and hit the slopes at Mount Werner.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Winter Park to Steamboat Springs by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Winter Park in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are much warmer (61°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (35°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

2
nights
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then look for gifts at Enstrom's, then stroll through Lincoln Park Complex, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fruita road trip website .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Fruita by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, Fruita is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 73°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Meadery of the Rockies
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

7
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocky Mountain National Park: North Lake Park (in Loveland) and Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Mills Lake, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fruita to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5.5 hours. In May in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, North Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

7
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Denver Zoo and Cherry Creek State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Flatirons) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, steep yourself in history at Union Station, and catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Boulder, Lookout Mountain, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

6
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.
Visiting Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District, take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Falls, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder site .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Canon City trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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