11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Dallas

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hours
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango attractions planner.

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Durango due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

1
day
Glenwood Springs

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 23rd (Sun), trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in December: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 26°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Snowmass Village trip maker .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Snowmass Village in an hour. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Snowmass Village, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Earthwood Artisans, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Milner Pass. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, explore the activities along Bear Lake, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Snowmass Village in December: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

3
nights
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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip builder .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Mon), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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