23 days in Colorado Itinerary

23 days in Colorado Itinerary

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23 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  8​h
1
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Vail
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Raleigh

2
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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument.

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Raleigh to Grand Junction is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Raleigh to Grand Junction is minus 2 hours. In April, Grand Junction is slightly colder than Raleigh - with highs of 64°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, Museum of the Mountain West, Debeque Canyon Winery, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Aspen Highlands, & more). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, examine the collection at Glenwood Railroad Museum, view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, and hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip site .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in April, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 38°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Steamboat Springs (Tread of Pioneers Museum, The Crooked Key, & more), River Rafting & Tubing (in Buena Vista) and Loveland Pass (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area, enjoy some diversion at Vail Valley Escape Room, and glide through natural beauty at Sally Barber Mine Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail online trip maker .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Vail can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Loveland Pass, Sally Barber Mine Trail
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Collins (Horsetooth Mountain Open Space & Spring Canyon Community Park) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stop by Brownfield's.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip site .

You can drive from Vail to Estes Park in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Vail in April, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing Company & Old Town Spice Shop), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Georgetown Firefighting Museum (in Georgetown). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Denver day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Estes Park in April: highs in Denver hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Summit Lake Park, Georgetown Firefighting Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

4
nights
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday builder tool .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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