52 days in Colorado Itinerary

52 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Loma
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
5
Breckenridge
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Canon City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Denver
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Cedar Rapids

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Cliff Palace (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Wolf Creek Ski Resort (in Pagosa Springs). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, stop by Honeyville, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Cedar Rapids to Durango is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cedar Rapids in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Loma.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cliff Palace, Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

2
nights
Loma

Loma ©
Loma is an unincorporated community and census designated place in Mesa County, Colorado, United States.Loma is located 18.5mi northwest of Grand Junction. On the 13th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, then stop by Enstrom's, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Highline Lake State Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Loma trip planning site.

You can drive from Durango to Loma in 4 hours. Traveling from Durango in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Loma, with lows of 25°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Loma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Highline Lake State Park ©
Highline Lake State Park

7
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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately Glenwood Springs away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Aspen Highlands. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_dedicate_a_day_to_the_elevated_beauty_of Buttermilk Mountain. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Aspen Art Museum, and get great views at Independence Pass.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aspen road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Loma to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. In February, Aspen is slightly colder than Loma - with highs of 39°F and lows of 14°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

6
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elk River Guest Ranch (in Clark) and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Steamboat Ski Resort, enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex, look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip maker site.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in February, and nighttime lows around 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Elk River Guest Ranch, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail), Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone) and Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek). On the 28th (Wed), do a day of snowy sightseeing with Breckenridge Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Main Street, look for gifts at Breck Wine and Cheese, and fly down the slopes at Loveland Ski Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in February, you will find days in Breckenridge are little chillier (26°F), and nights are about the same (15°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Vail Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Keystone Ski Area, Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

3
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Canon City is known for adventure, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable ride with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, hike along Tunnel Drive, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Breckenridge to Canon City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Breckenridge in March, expect nights in Canon City to be somewhat warmer, around 34°F, while days are much warmer, around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

5
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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip builder.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Traveling from Canon City in March, plan for little chillier nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Boulder (Flatirons, Pearl Street Mall, &more). There's lots more to do: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the striking features of Downtown Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver trip builder site.

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Boulder, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Collins: The Dam Store (in Loveland) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River, take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and admire the majestic nature at Lory State Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort Collins online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Loveland, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Lory State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cache La Poudre River ©
Cache La Poudre River
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rocky Mountain National Park side-trips: Lyons Classic Pinball (in Lyons) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's lots more to do: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take some stellar pictures from Forest Canyon Overlook, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park driving holiday planner.

Drive from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Estes Park, Lyons Classic Pinball, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Horseback Riding Tours

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