9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs driving holiday planning website.

Fort Lauderdale to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Fort Lauderdale, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Breckenridge Distillery. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Boreas Pass Road, make a trip to Main Street, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge travel route planning website.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 31°F. On the 25th (Tue), you're off to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Breweries & Distilleries · Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Glenwood Springs, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 70°F and lows at 43°F. You'll set off for Estes Park on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Estes Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online tour itinerary maker.

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Spas

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.