20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 3 nights
Fly to Lake Charles, Taxi to Lafayette

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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, and then hike along Palmer Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs tour planning site.

Lafayette to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lafayette in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F and lows are around 18°F. You will leave for Estes Park on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dancing Pines Distillery and Spas. You'll explore and learn at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rabbit Mountain Open Space (in Longmont) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, sample the fine beverages at Elkins Distilling Co., see the interesting displays at MacGregor Ranch Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. December in Estes Park sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 Frisco Adventure Park and Blue River Sports. Visiting Peak 9 and Vail / Beaver Creek Resort will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Granby Ranch (in Granby) and Beaver Creek Nordic Center (in Avon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Peak 10, get outside with Breckenridge Freeride Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and look for gifts at Alpine Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in December, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (25°F), and nights are about the same (14°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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 29th (Sun), stroll through Mount Werner, then fly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Northwest Colorado.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs vacation builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°F in Steamboat Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Aspen

— 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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. Escape the urban bustle at Monarch Mountain and Rio Grande Trail. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Cooper Corner Gallery about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Aspen Highlands, take in the natural beauty of Conundrum Hot Springs, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and hike along Grottos Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen tour itinerary app.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December: highs in Aspen hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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. On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, then trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, see Off-Road Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ouray journey planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°F in Ouray. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Snowbike Experience and Toh-Atin Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. Venture out of the city with trips to Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, and learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip app.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ouray in January since evenings lows in Durango dip to 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.