10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Durango
— 1 night
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Fri), hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort and then wander the wide-open spaces of James Ranch Grill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Animas River Trail and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary maker website.

Houston to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In December, Durango is colder than Houston - with highs of 40°F and lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

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 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally head outdoors with Telluride Outside. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a stroll through Town Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Telluride attractions planner.

You can drive from Durango to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in December, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (26°F), and nights are about the same (15°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Loveland Ski Area and Breckenridge Nordic Center. Get outdoors at Frisco Adventure Park and Blue River Sports. Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Vail (Vail Valley & Vail / Beaver Creek Resort). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 9, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, stroll through Howelsen Hill Ski Area and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs vacation planning app.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Breckenridge in January, with lows around 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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.