11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Idaho Springs
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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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.
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Houston to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Denver. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Denver hover around 43°F and lows are around 19°F. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes St Mary's Glacier. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll through St Mary's Glacier.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Idaho Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Denver to Idaho Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Idaho Springs, ranging from highs of 17°F to lows of 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Breckenridge

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mohawk Lake Trail as well as Ice Castles. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Ice Castles. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Mohawk Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge route site.

Drive from Idaho Springs to Breckenridge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Breckenridge is somewhat warmer than Idaho Springs - with highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Vail.

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Adventure Ridge.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Vail tour planner.

Drive from Breckenridge to Vail in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vail can reach 25°F, while at night they dip to 14°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
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Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Rifle Falls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hanging Lake Trail, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and finally explore the world behind art at Carbondale Public Art.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online route builder.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Glenwood Springs are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails

Side Trips

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, Maroon Bells and Aspen Snowmass. On the 1st (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 10°F. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Your day by day itinerary now includes Denver Botanic Gardens. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Aspen to Denver in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in January, expect Denver to be a bit warmer, temps between 44°F and 21°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Parks
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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.