9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Cortez
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cortez online route planner .

New York City to Cortez is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cortez is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cortez, with lows of 38°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Durango is known for adventure, nature, winter sports, nightlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango online trip maker .

Take a bus from Cortez to Durango in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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've now added Hanging Lake to your itinerary. On the 19th (Thu), stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, then hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs itinerary builder website .

Getting from Durango to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Out of the Blue Skydiving as well as Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. On the 21st (Sat), get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and then stroll through Manitou Springs Incline. On the next day, push the limits with Out of the Blue Skydiving, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Out of the Blue Skydiving, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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