11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Vail
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  15​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planning app .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from San Juan to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 8°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Before you visit Denver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Long House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

Discover how to plan a Glenwood Springs trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Durango to Glenwood Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail route tool .

Take a bus from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Vail are -4°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort

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