6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online tour builder.

Springfield to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Springfield in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with highs around 67°F, while nights are colder with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Main Street, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Breckenridge. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are colder, around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park journey site.

Getting from Breckenridge to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in May, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Spas · Tours

Denver

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall. On the next day, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip builder website.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.