60 days in Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado vacation planner

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Colorado Springs
— 9 nights
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Denver
— 8 nights
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Fort Collins
— 7 nights
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Estes Park
— 7 nights
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Breckenridge
— 7 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 8 nights
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Grand Junction
— 6 nights
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Durango
— 7 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 9 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Cañon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning website.

Belleville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 13-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Belleville in April; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Denver

— 8 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Bring the kids along to Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Colorado Chautauqua: Park, &more), The Soap Shop (in Idaho Springs) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, indulge in some personalized pampering at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Denver vacation builder website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 7 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Swetsville Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Collins: Greeley (Poudre River Trail & Boomerang Links) and Abbey of St. Walburga (in Virginia Dale). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, see the sky in a new way at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, admire the natural beauty at Gardens on Spring Creek, and stroll around Rolland Moore Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort Collins sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 7 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Spas and Estes Park Mountain Shop will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Trail Ridge Road, &more). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. May in Estes Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 7 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
Bring the kids along to Independence Pass and Vail Mountain Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Buena Vista (Sundance and Friends & River Rafting & Tubing), Keystone (Loveland Pass, Arapahoe Basin, &more) and Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown). Next up on the itinerary: ski along the peaceful trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wellington Trail, and get all the equipment you need at Blue River Sports.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge online trip maker.

Getting from Estes Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in May, plan for much colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 44°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 8 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Thermal Spas and Aspen Highlands. Get out of town with these interesting Glenwood Springs side-trips: Beaver Creek (Beaver Creek Chapel & Beaver Creek Ski Area), Aspen (Aspen Mountain / Ajax, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, &more) and EagleVail Golf Club (in Avon). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs visit planner.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 6 nights
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. Bring the kids along to John McConnell Math and Science Center and Children's Nature Center. Explore Grand Junction's surroundings by going to Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose), Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (South Rim Road & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park) and Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Colorado National Monument, look for gifts at Enstrom's, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Body Therapeutics Medical Massage.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction journey builder.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Grand Junction to be a bit warmer, around 46°F, while days are warmer, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Durango

— 7 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Juan National Forest and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Cortez (Hovenweep National Monument & Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). And it doesn't end there: trek along Animas River Trail, engage your brain at Powerhouse Science Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Durango trip planner.

Drive from Grand Junction to Durango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in May, expect Durango to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.