45 days in Colorado Itinerary

45 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
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Denver
— 7 nights
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 6 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Breckenridge
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Mesa Verde National Park — 4 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and make a trip to Park Point.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park day trip site.

Fresno to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Fresno to Mesa Verde National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Fresno in April, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.
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Durango — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton), Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, hike along Animas River Trail, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and take in the natural beauty of Pinkerton Hot Springs.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Durango online trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 7 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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, approximately Cripple Creek away. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

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Traveling by flight from Durango to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 7 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Colorado Chautauqua: Park, &more) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall, get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Denver sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.
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Fort Collins — 5 nights

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Go for a jaunt from Fort Collins to Greeley to see Colorado Model Railroad Museum about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, learn insider's secrets on Beer & Bike Day Tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, and explore the world behind art at Swetsville Zoo.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fort Collins trip planner.

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 May, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, visit Downtown Estes Park, stop by Estes Park Mountain Shop, and cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. May in Estes Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.
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Aspen — 5 nights

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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail). On the 25th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, and deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in May, with highs in Aspen at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail), Keystone (Loveland Pass & Arapahoe Basin) and Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Main Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue River Sports, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and glide through natural beauty at French Gulch.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Breckenridge trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in May, plan for slightly colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow 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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