19 days in Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Durango
— 2 nights
2
Durango
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
3
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Durango

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Animas Museum and Spas. You'll explore and learn at Toh-Atin Gallery and Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center. There's lots more to do: trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango planning site .

New York City to Durango is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Durango, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Durango hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Trails Parks

Side Trip

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
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Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center ©
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
On the 18th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotary Park, engage your brain at Powerhouse Science Center, then head outdoors with Duranglers Flies and Supplies, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango visit planning tool .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Powerhouse Science Center ©
Powerhouse Science Center
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum
Duranglers Flies and Supplies ©
Duranglers Flies and Supplies

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail, do a tasting at Guy Drew Winery, and then see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum..

Make your Cortez itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by bus from Durango to Cortez takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Cortez

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail, Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
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Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum ©
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Grand Junction and Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Explore hidden gems such as Colorado National Monument and The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and contemplate the long history of Cross Orchards Historic Site.

Plan a Grand Junction trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Grand Junction takes 4 hours. Traveling from Cortez in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Junction, with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sunlight Mountain Resort and Grizzly Creek Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Linwood Cemetery. Take a break from Glenwood Springs with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Basalt, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Frontier Historical Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation planning site .

Drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in March, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are cooler (35°F), and nights are slightly colder (21°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Spas
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Frisco Adventure Park and Breckenridge Nordic Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like High Line Railroad Park and Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour. Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Georgetown (Hotel de Paris Museum & Georgetown Firefighting Museum). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, have fun and explore at Mountain Top Children's Museum, don't miss a visit to Oxygen Bar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue River Bikeway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge day trip planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in March, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Georgetown, Frisco Adventure Park
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Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
High Line Railroad Park ©
High Line Railroad Park
Breckenridge Nordic Center ©
Breckenridge Nordic Center

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Mount Werner. Get in touch with nature at Steamboat Powdercats and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Craig (Museum of Northwest Colorado & Wyman Living History Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Storm Peak Brewing Company, and steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Breckenridge in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Craig
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Wyman Living History Museum ©
Wyman Living History Museum

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