11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montrose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cortez
— 1 night
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Breckenridge

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to The O2 Lounge, look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company, then cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Main Street, get outside with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Breckenridge, and then learn and have fun at Ready Paint Fire!.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip itinerary planner.

Panama City, Panama to Breckenridge is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Panama City to Breckenridge. Traveling from Panama City in December, expect Breckenridge to be colder, temps between -4°C and -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 20th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site, get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip app.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get outside with Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, then relax and rejuvenate at Emerald Moon Massage, and then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard and then get outside with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Steamboat Springs.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get little chillier in Steamboat Springs: highs are around -1°C and lows about -15°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Spas · Shopping

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Partition Arch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, then have fun and explore at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, look for gifts at Sprigs & Sprouts Lavender Farm, then pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, then stop by Enstrom's, and finally make a trip to Partition Arch.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Junction route planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Grand Junction takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December; daily highs in Grand Junction reach 3°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montrose.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Montrose

— 2 nights
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West and then explore the striking landscape of North Rim.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Montrose using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Montrose in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Montrose can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cortez

— 1 night
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Balcony House, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and finally make a trip to Park Point.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cortez holiday maker.

You can drive from Montrose to Cortez in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cortez are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites

Side 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.