9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
1
Fort Collins
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Kalamazoo

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Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 30th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fort Collins trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Fort Collins is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Fort Collins is minus 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Spas
Highlights from your plan
Spas

2
nights
Estes Park

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 1st (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lily Mountain Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elkins Distilling Co., then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): fly down the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then fly down the slopes at Mount Werner.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online visit planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs by combination of car and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Estes Park in May, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 61°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Powdercats ©
Steamboat Powdercats
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Skiing Company.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip app.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Aspen sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, then hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ouray journey planning website.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa ©
Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa

1
night
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.
You've now added Seven Bridges Trail to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): hike along Seven Bridges Trail, stop by Old Colorado City, then admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then get outside with Adventures Out West, and finally hike along Palmer Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Ouray in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Adventures Out West
Highlights from your plan
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Seven Bridges Trail
Adventures Out West ©
Adventures Out West

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park and then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Denver are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Roxborough State Park
Highlights from your plan
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Balistreri Vineyards ©
Balistreri Vineyards
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour

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