10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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 6th (Mon): stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip maker site .

Philadelphia to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in January, things will get slightly colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 27°F and lows about 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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 8th (Wed): make a trip to Main Street, then sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports, then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Steamboat Springs in January since evenings lows in Breckenridge dip to 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vail Mountain Resort, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Aspen Snowmass, fly down the slopes at Aspen Highlands, take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain, and stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Aspen online trip maker .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 34°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
On the 13th (Mon), walk around Garden of the Gods, then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in January; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 46°F and lows reach 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denver vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Denver are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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