15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
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Estes Park — 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Sprague Lake and Cub Lake Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and look for gifts at Brownfield's.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip maker website.

Sacramento to Estes Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sacramento to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in September, expect Estes Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Manitou Springs Incline and Helen Hunt Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Roxborough State Park. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Divide to see Mueller State Park about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs journey builder tool.

You can fly from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 3 nights

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Take a break from the city and head to Steamboat Gondola and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Lake State Park. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, fly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 72°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.
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Glenwood Springs — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Hanging Lake and The John Denver Sanctuary. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Rifle Falls in Rifle--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 3 nights

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 outdoors at Boreas Pass Road and Vail Recreation Path. Explore hidden gems such as Guanella Pass and Sapphire Point Overlook. There's still lots to do: hike along McCullough Gulch, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Breckenridge are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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