55 days in Colorado Itinerary

55 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 9 nights
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Denver
— 8 nights
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Greeley
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Breckenridge
— 8 nights
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Durango
— 8 nights
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Gateway
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Aspen
— 7 nights
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Estes Park
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Colorado Springs — 9 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Off-Road Tours (in Buena Vista), Pueblo (Pueblo Heritage Museum & Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo) and Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, trek along Manitou Springs Incline, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

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Birmingham to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in April, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be cooler, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.
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Denver — 8 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Denver Zoo and Flatirons. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Boulder (Colorado Chautauqua: Park & Pearl Street Mall). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol.

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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 April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Greeley.
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Greeley — 5 nights

The City of Greeley is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Bring the kids along to Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Poudre River Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Greeley side-trips: Fort Collins (Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, City Park, &more), Swetsville Zoo (in Timnath) and Loveland (Devil's Backbone Trail & Benson Park Sculpture Garden). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Arapaho National Forest and explore the different monuments and memorials at Linn Grove Cemetery.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Greeley online tour planner.

You can drive from Denver to Greeley in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 8 nights

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.
Attractions like Breckenridge Ski Resort and Copper Mountain make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek), Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail) and Keystone (Arapahoe Basin & Loveland Pass). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: ski along the peaceful trails at French Gulch, don't miss a visit to Main Street, enjoy some diversion at Foster's Place Playground, and walk around Carter Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip site.

Traveling by car from Greeley to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Traveling from Greeley in April, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (35°F), and nights are slightly colder (22°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Durango.
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Durango — 8 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Juan National Forest and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton), Cortez (Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum & Hovenweep National Monument) and Dolores (Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum & The Anasazi Heritage Center). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Piedra River Trail, and explore the activities along Vallecito Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Breckenridge to Durango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gateway.
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Gateway — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gateway trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Gateway in 4 hours. Traveling from Durango in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gateway, with lows of 43°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aspen.
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Aspen — 7 nights

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.
Attractions like Thermal Spas and Independence Pass make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park & Hanging Lake Trail). On the 19th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. On the 22nd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, stroll through Aspen Highlands, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

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Drive from Gateway to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Gateway in May, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 8 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.
Bring the kids along to Photography Tours and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Room Escape Games (in Loveland), Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Alluvial Fan, &more) and Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons). There's lots more to do: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in May: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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