19 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

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19 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Winter Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and Enstrom's. Go for a jaunt from Grand Junction to Palisade to see Clark Family Orchards about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Canyon View Park, learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Children's Nature Center, and examine the collection at John McConnell Math and Science Center.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Grand Junction is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Grand Junction. Traveling from Vancouver in March, you will find days in Grand Junction are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are little chillier (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palisade, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Children's Nature Center ©
Children's Nature Center

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Explore hidden gems such as The Crooked Key and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the collection at Bud Werner Memorial Library, delve into the lush surroundings at Routt National Forest, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, Steamboat Springs is little chillier than Grand Junction - with highs of 8°C and lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Winter Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Spas & Wellness
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area

2
nights
Winter Park

Winter Park ©
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Sat), browse the collection at Fraser Valley Library, then make a trip to Fraser Tubing Hill, and then get in on the family fun at Colorado Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, then shop like a local with Never Summer Mountain Products, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Winter Park trip site .

You can take a bus from Steamboat Springs to Winter Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in March, expect nights in Winter Park to be slightly colder, around -12°C, while days are cooler, around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Winter Park

Theme Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Fraser
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Adventure Park ©
Colorado Adventure Park
Fraser Tubing Hill ©
Fraser Tubing Hill
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Arapahoe Basin. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir, contemplate the waterfront views at Keystone Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Loveland Pass.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Keystone trip planner.

You can drive from Winter Park to Keystone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In March in Keystone, expect temperatures between -4°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Dillon Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Loveland Pass ©
Loveland Pass
Keystone Lake ©
Keystone Lake

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peak 9 and Vail / Beaver Creek Resort. Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Frisco (Frisco Adventure Park & Frisco Historic Park and Museum), Beaver Creek Chapel (in Beaver Creek) and Breckenridge (Room Escape Games, Blue River Sports, & more). There's more to do: take a stroll through Vail Valley.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Keystone to Vail by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Keystone in March, expect Vail to be somewhat warmer, temps between 0°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Frisco, Beaver Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Breckenridge Nordic Center ©
Breckenridge Nordic Center
Room Escape Games

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunlight Mountain Resort and Buttermilk Mountain. On the 26th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center.

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You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Vail in March, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around -7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, Sunlight Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center