10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 3 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and MCA Denver. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roxborough State Park and Deer Creek Canyon Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and wander the streets of LoDo.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Denver planner.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Denver is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Denver dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then learn something new at Steamboat Art Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs visit planner.

Getting from Denver to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 72°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Museums · Nature · Parks · Classes

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs tour app.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Junction

— 1 night
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument and then do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wildlife · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Durango

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spruce Tree House and Bear Creek Falls. Escape the urban bustle at San Juan National Forest and Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Cliff Palace).

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango travel planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Durango in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, Durango is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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.