16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
3
Breckenridge
— 1 night
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
7
Boulder
— 1 night

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trek along Tundra Communities Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally admire the sheer force of Fern Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, trek along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, thentake in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, and finally trek along North Inlet Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online tour planner.

New York City to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Rocky Mountain National Park dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Tundra Communities Trail ©
Tundra Communities Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Routt National Forest and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Werner and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, get outside with Backdoor Sports, play a few rounds at Haymaker Golf Course, and fly down the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Backdoor Sports ©
Backdoor Sports
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Breckenridge

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.
On the 19th (Sat), get outside with Mountain Angler, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peaks Trail, thengo for a walk through Fairy Forest, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Wellington Trail, and finally grab your bike and head to Sawmill Creek Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in September: highs in Breckenridge hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Angler ©
Mountain Angler

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): hike along Ute Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, thentrek along Lost Man Trail, and finally stroll through Linkins Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Devil's Punchbowl, thentrek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then stroll through Castle Creek Road.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Aspen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Breckenridge to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Devil's Punchbowl ©
Devil's Punchbowl
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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 22nd (Tue), view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, thentake in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the views at Roaring Fork Valley, thencruise along West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carbondale, Glenwood Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Glenwood Canyon ©
Glenwood Canyon
Spas

2
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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then hike along Chief Ouray Mine Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Cascade Falls Park, take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip maker app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Boulder.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 26th (Sat), stroll around Settler's Park, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Sanitas Brewing Company, LLC, thensample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company, and finally grab your bike and head to Valmont Bike Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Flatirons and then identify plant and animal life at Mount Sanitas Trail.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Boulder day trip site.

Getting from Ouray to Boulder by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, Boulder is somewhat warmer than Ouray - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Settler's Park ©
Settler's Park
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Avery Brewing Company ©
Avery Brewing Company

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