9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Durango
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Colorado Trail and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Durango online travel route planner .

Saint Louis to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Saint Louis to Durango, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Durango, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest

2
nights
Breckenridge

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 3rd (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then stroll through McCullough Gulch. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Frisco Adventure Park, then hike along Lily Pad Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dillon Reservoir.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Durango to Breckenridge by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around 49°F, while days are colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Vail Recreation Path, Lily Pad Lake, Dillon Reservoir, Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Lily Pad Lake ©
Lily Pad Lake

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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