11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Beaver Creek
— 2 nights
— 4 nights


Denver — 1 night

Mile-High City

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 3rd (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Denver is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Denver, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Juan in December, things will get cooler in Denver: highs are around 43°F and lows about 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 5th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, fly down the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In December in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Beaver Creek.
Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Beaver Creek — 2 nights

On the 7th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let little ones run wild at Ford Park, then stroll through Vail Mountain Resort, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beaver Creek Chapel, then fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, and then glide through natural beauty at Beaver Creek Nordic Center.

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Traveling by bus from Rocky Mountain National Park to Beaver Creek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Beaver Creek: highs are around 35°F and lows about 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trip

Breckenridge — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Breckenridge to Keystone to see Keystone Ski Area about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Main Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain, ski along the peaceful trails at French Gulch, and take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Beaver Creek to Breckenridge takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Beaver Creek in December, plan for little chillier days in Breckenridge, with highs around 25°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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.