18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Shuttle
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
7
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6

Pagosa Springs

— 4 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Get outdoors at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedra River Trail and Pagosa Springs Golf Club. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Macon to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Macon to Pagosa Springs. In December, Pagosa Springs is much colder than Macon - with highs of 38°F and lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Golf

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort and then get a taste of life in the country at James Ranch Grill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durango online attractions planner.

Take a shuttle from Pagosa Springs to Durango in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): trek along Yankee Boy Basin, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Ouray are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. You'll set off for Grand Junction on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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. On the 26th (Tue), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Talon Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and then learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Grand Junction are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 3 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.
On the 28th (Thu), hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains. On the next day, explore the activities along Hanging Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Grand Junction in December, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 26°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park and get answers to all your questions at Breckenridge Welcome Center.

Find out how to plan Breckenridge trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Breckenridge, expect temperatures between 25°F during the day and 14°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 2nd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park and then head outdoors with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Steamboat Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°F in Steamboat Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.