28 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

28 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Colorado tour planner
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Grand Junction
— 4 nights
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Grand Lake
— 4 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 6 nights
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Aspen
— 7 nights
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Grand Junction — 4 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. Change things up with a short trip to Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum in Gateway (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, hike along Tabeguache Trail, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction tour planner.

Phoenix to Grand Junction is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in August, you will find days in Grand Junction are little chillier (89°F), and nights are colder (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Lake.
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Wineries · Parks · Museums · Trails
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Grand Lake — 4 nights

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Kremmling). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with Winding River Resort Stables, explore the striking landscape at Byers Canyon, see the interesting displays at Kauffman House Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Lake online day trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Grand Lake in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, Grand Lake is much colder than Grand Junction - with highs of 50°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Steamboat Springs — 6 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Change things up with a short trip to Steamboat Lake State Park in Clark (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Werner.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Lake in August, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are warmer (79°F), and nights are a bit warmer (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vail.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trip

Vail — 6 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Loveland Pass (in Keystone), Frisco (Windrider of the Rockies & River Rafting & Tubing) and Breckenridge (Blue River Sports, Main Street, &more). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area, and take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vail trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aspen.
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Side Trips

Aspen — 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake, Hanging Lake Trail, &more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Aspen online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Vail to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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