22 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  27​h
1
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Winter Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
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. When in Grand Junction, make a side trip to see Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum in Gateway, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction online trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Grand Junction is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Melbourne to Grand Junction due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Grand Junction are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Palisade, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Steamboat Springs is known for nature, winter sports, fun & games, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, and steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online visit planner .

Getting from Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in May, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 19°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Winter Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

3
nights
Winter Park

Winter Park ©
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Explore Winter Park's surroundings by going to Pioneer Village Museum (in Hot Sulphur Springs), Granby Library (in Granby) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Kremmling). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Winter Park Resort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Never Summer Mountain Products, and learn about winemaking at Winter Park Winery.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Winter Park tour itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Winter Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May: highs in Winter Park hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Winter Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Grand Lake, River Rafting & Tubing, Pioneer Village Museum, Granby Library, Winter Park Winery
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

3
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Keystone

Keystone ©
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Sally Barber Mine Trail (in Silverthorne) and Breckenridge (Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, Epic Discovery at Breck, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Keystone Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin, and make a trip to Loveland Pass.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Keystone online travel planner .

You can drive from Winter Park to Keystone in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Keystone are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Sally Barber Mine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sally Barber Mine Trail ©
Sally Barber Mine Trail
Loveland Pass ©
Loveland Pass
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vail: Breckenridge (Main Street & Room Escape Games) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Frisco). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort, take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vail day trip app .

You can drive from Keystone to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Keystone in May; daily highs in Vail reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Horseback Riding Tours
Main Street ©
Main Street

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, River Rafting & Tubing, & more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aspen tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Vail in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas