9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then make a trip to Pearl Street Mall, and finally view the masterpieces at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery. On the next day, stroll through Boulder Creek Path, experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness, and then take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip itinerary planning app.

Fort Lauderdale to Boulder is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Boulder is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May, expect Boulder to be much colder, temps between 66°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

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.
For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You will leave for Rocky Mountain National Park on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. In May, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 61°F and lows are around 35°F. You will leave for Glenwood Springs on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then hike along Hanging Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Tours
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Aspen

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 26th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Breckenridge

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.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge day trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in May, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 44°F. You will leave for Cañon City on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cañon City trip app.

Getting from Breckenridge to Cañon City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in May, plan for much hotter days in Cañon City, with highs around 72°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 46°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, make a trip to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Colorado Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cañon City to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

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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.