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
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
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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). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, take in breathtaking views at Dominguez Canyon, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and stop by Downtown Grand Junction.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction trip itinerary maker tool.

Phoenix to Grand Junction is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: highs in Grand Junction hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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, enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, see the interesting displays at Kauffman House Museum, and hike along Monarch Lake Loop Trail.

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. 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.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

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). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, stroll through Mount Werner, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs day trip tool.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Lake in August: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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 Breckenridge (Blue River Sports, Main Street, &more), Frisco (Windrider of the Rockies & River Rafting & Tubing) and Loveland Pass (in Keystone). 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.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

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.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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