5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Knoxville

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort and then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs vacation planning tool .

Knoxville to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Knoxville in January, things will get cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 27°F and lows about 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

#Winter Sports, #Trails, #Parks
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Snowmass Sports. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs day trip planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Glenwood Springs when traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, with lows around 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snowmass Village
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Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
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.
On the 7th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip builder .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in January, you will find days in Denver are somewhat warmer (44°F), and nights are about the same (21°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 18°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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