9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
1
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Vail

Vail
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 3rd (Sat), look for gifts at Fuzzywigs Candy Shop and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, trek along Booth Falls Trail and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail trip app .

Philadelphia to Vail is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Vail due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in August: high temperatures in Vail hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): cruise along Kenosha Pass, explore the striking landscape of Summit Lake Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Silverthorne Recreation Center and then cool off at Keystone Ranch Resort.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Keystone online tour planner .

You can drive from Vail to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in August, expect Keystone to be slightly colder, temps between 50°F and 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Kenosha Pass, Silverthorne Recreation Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Keystone Ranch Resort ©
Keystone Ranch Resort
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

2
nights
Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, then fly down the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along High Country Trails.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Lake trip planner .

Drive from Keystone to Grand Lake in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Lake can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, High Country Trails
Highlights from your plan
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Devil's Backbone Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Fort Collins takes 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Fort Collins: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Devil's Backbone Trail
Highlights from your plan
Annual Flower Trial Garden ©
Annual Flower Trial Garden
Lost Prairie Winery ©
Lost Prairie Winery

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