6 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel route planner.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail


Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail road trip app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Vail, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Breckenridge, River Rafting & Tubing, Independence Pass
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Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
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