10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Atlanta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in January; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 46°F and lows reach 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum ©
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

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 20th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Denver tour planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Denver, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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 21st (Mon): hit the slopes at Copper Mountain and then stroll through Frisco Adventure Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Arapahoe Basin.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Breckenridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Denver in January, expect Breckenridge to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°F and 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Frisco Adventure Park
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Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

2
nights
Estes Park

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 23rd (Wed), stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, and finally examine the collection at Kauffman House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Breckenridge in January, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 19°F, while days are much hotter, around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake
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Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Artisans of Mancos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durango online day trip planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Durango by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in January; daily highs in Durango reach 38°F and lows reach 10°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Dolores, Artisans of Mancos, San Juan County Historical Society, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
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Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
San Juan County Historical Society ©
San Juan County Historical Society

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