10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Salida
— 1 day
Drive
2
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Salida

— 1 day
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Fri), do a tasting at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, fly down the slopes at Monarch Mountain, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salida trip maker.

Houston to Salida is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Salida. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Salida to be much colder, temps between 42°F and 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Loveland Ski Area and Frisco Adventure Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peak 9 and Blue River Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Vail (Vail Valley, Vail / Beaver Creek Resort, &more). And it doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Breckenridge Nordic Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to The O2 Lounge, and walk around Carter Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge day trip planner.

You can drive from Salida to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, Breckenridge is little chillier than Salida - with highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs online trip maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, Steamboat Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

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.
On the 30th (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Glenwood Springs, with lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get outside with Telluride Outside, don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel, stroll through Jud Wiebe Trail, take a stroll through Town Park, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Telluride trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Telluride by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 36°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Animas River Trail, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and finally fly down the slopes at The Snowbike Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Million Dollar Highway and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durango route planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Durango in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Telluride in January, Durango is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.