56 days in Colorado Itinerary

56 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Estes Park
— 7 nights
2
Denver
— 7 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
4
Durango
— 6 nights
5
Ouray
— 5 nights
6
Aspen
— 7 nights
7
Buena Vista
— 4 nights
8
Breckenridge
— 6 nights
9
Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Trail Ridge Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Chasm Falls, Alluvial Fan, &more), Cache La Poudre River (in Fort Collins) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-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 Estes Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre River
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Spas

7
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Argo Mill and Tunnel (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver attractions planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Denver are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder, Idaho Springs, Fort Collins, Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Adventure Golf & Raceway
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Canon City (Skyline Drive & The Abbey Events Complex), Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Canon City, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

6
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Million Dollar Highway. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace, Balcony House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango travel planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Durango by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Durango is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Montrose (Museum of the Mountain West & Montrose Water Sports Park), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road) and Telluride (Telluride Outside & Cornet Creek Falls). The adventure continues: hike along Yankee Boy Basin, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ouray travel route builder app.

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Telluride, Montrose, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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.
Bring the kids along to Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale), Woody Creek Distillery (in Basalt) and Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake, Hanging Lake Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Independence Pass, deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and walk around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aspen itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, Woody Creek Distillery, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

4
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Explore Buena Vista's surroundings by going to National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (in Leadville), Blue Mesa Fishing (in Gunnison) and Great Sand Dunes National Park (in Mosca). There's more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and cruise along Kebler Pass.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Kebler Pass, Blue Mesa Fishing, Great Sand Dunes National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vail Pass Path and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek), Vail (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Mountain Resort, &more) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Main Street, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wellington Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Epic Discovery at Breck, and go for a stroll along the water at Frisco Bay Marina.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip maker website.

Getting from Buena Vista to Breckenridge by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you will find days in Breckenridge are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail, Beaver Creek, Frisco, Copper Mountain, Keystone Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

6
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fish Creek Falls and Yampa River Botanic Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Steamboat Springs: Elk River Guest Ranch (in Clark), Byers Canyon (in Hot Sulphur Springs) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Kremmling). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, push the limits with an extreme tour, get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures, and browse the collection at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Elk River Guest Ranch, Byers Canyon, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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