11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Montrose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Panama City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Oxygen Bar, look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company, then cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Main Street, head outdoors with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Breckenridge, and then stop by Ready Paint Fire!.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge tour itinerary planner.

Panama City, Panama to Breckenridge is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Panama City to Breckenridge due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Panama City in December, with highs in Breckenridge at -4°C and lows at -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Ready Paint Fire! ©
Ready Paint Fire!

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 20th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site, get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip app .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get outside with Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, then relax and rejuvenate at Emerald Moon Massage, and then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard and then get outside with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Steamboat Springs.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Steamboat Springs: highs are around -1°C and lows about -15°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Spas Shopping
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Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare ©
Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Partition Arch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, then have fun and explore at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, look for gifts at Sprigs & Sprouts Lavender Farm, then pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, then stop by Enstrom's, and finally make a trip to Partition Arch.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Junction route planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Grand Junction takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December; daily highs in Grand Junction reach 3°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montrose.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument, Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, Partition Arch
Highlights from your plan
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Partition Arch ©
Partition Arch
Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial ©

2
nights
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West and then explore the striking landscape of North Rim.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Montrose using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Montrose in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Montrose can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

1
night
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Balcony House, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and finally make a trip to Park Point.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cortez holiday maker .

You can drive from Montrose to Cortez in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cortez are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Step House ©
Step House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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