15 days in New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Columbus


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1
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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bombs Away Beer Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albuquerque journey maker website .

Columbus to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Albuquerque. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in January: highs in Albuquerque hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and finally admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in January, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Fe: highs are around 44°F and lows about 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Werner, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs planner .

Getting from Santa Fe to Steamboat Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in January; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 27°F and lows reach 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Nature
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then test your problem-solving skills at Vail Valley Escape Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, and then make a trip to Main Street.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vail online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vail when traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, with lows around 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Frisco Adventure Park, Main Street
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Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

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Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass, take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

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

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Aspen Snowmass, Carbondale Branch Library
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, shop like a local with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder .

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in January: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 46°F and lows are around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

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

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