15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour itinerary planner

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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Purgatory Resort and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Take a break from the city and head to Durango Dog Ranch and The Snowbike Experience. Change things up with a short trip to Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum in Cortez (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits, and examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary maker tool.

Cleveland to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Durango is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°F in Durango. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Telluride

— 2 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. On the 4th (Sat), see Off-Road Tours, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel, and finally get outside with Telluride Outside. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then wander the streets of Town Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride trip site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Telluride takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon), hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glenwood Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Telluride to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in December, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (26°F), and nights are about the same (15°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 7th (Tue), cast your line with a fishing tour, then explore the galleries of Tread of Pioneers Museum, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then stroll through Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs route planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Breckenridge

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area. Visiting Frisco Adventure Park and Blue River Sports will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at Breckenridge Nordic Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Breckenridge can reach 25°F, while at night they dip to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours and then do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and then stop by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver travel planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Wineries · Shopping · Museums

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.