10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Stockholm

2
nights
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 6th (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to Denver is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in January: highs in Denver hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then test your problem-solving skills at Vail Valley Escape Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Adventure Park, and then make a trip to Main Street.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Vail travel route planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in January, you will find days in Vail are much colder (-4°C), and nights are about the same (-11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Main Street, Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs holiday planner .

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Glenwood Springs are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Trails Parks
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 12th (Sun), enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online tour planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Steamboat Springs, with lows of -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Trails Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

1
night
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 13th (Mon), see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect nights in Estes Park to be somewhat warmer, around -8°C, while days are warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Breweries & Distilleries Tours Spas
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Off-Road Tours
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery

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