11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route 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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

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. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Denver to be cooler, temps between 43°F and 19°F. On the 25th (Fri), you're off 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. St Mary's Glacier has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): hike along St Mary's Glacier.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Idaho Springs trip planning site.

You can drive from Denver to Idaho Springs in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Denver in December, you will find days in Idaho Springs are cooler (17°F), and nights are slightly colder (6°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 Ice Castles, Mohawk Lake Trail and Peak 9. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Ice Castles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of High Line Railroad Park and then go for a walk through Mohawk Lake Trail.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Idaho Springs to Breckenridge in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in December, things will get a bit warmer in Breckenridge: highs are around 25°F and lows about 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. On the 28th (Mon), stroll through Adventure Ridge.

Plan trip to Vail with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Vail in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vail are 25°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Rifle Falls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at 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 where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs route site.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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 reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aspen online travel route planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 10°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to 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 nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Denver route maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Aspen to Denver takes 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. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.