9 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

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Boulder City
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Estes Park
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Georgetown
— 1 night
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
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Cañon City
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Boulder City

— 1 night

Home of Hoover Dam

A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
On the 22nd (Sat), stroll through Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, then admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, and then pause for some photo ops at Winged Figures of the Republic Statues.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Boulder City trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Boulder City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Boulder City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May, plan for little chillier nights in Boulder City, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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Aspen

— 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

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.
On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Independence Pass.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Boulder City to Aspen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Boulder City in May, with highs in Aspen at 62°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Glenwood Springs

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Glenwood Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aspen in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Nature
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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs journey planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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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.
On the 27th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery and then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Estes Park online tour itinerary planner.

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Georgetown.

Things to do in Estes Park

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Georgetown

— 1 night
The historic Town of Georgetown is the Territorial Charter Municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Summit Lake Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Georgetown driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Georgetown takes 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in May; daily highs in Georgetown reach 33°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Georgetown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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Breckenridge

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge tour planning tool.

Getting from Georgetown to Breckenridge by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Georgetown in May, things will get a bit warmer in Breckenridge: highs are around 44°F and lows about 31°F. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to Cañon City.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Breweries & Distilleries
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Cañon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cañon City online trip maker.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Cañon City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in May, plan for much warmer days in Cañon City, with highs around 72°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cañon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
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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.