29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Grand Junction
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Highlands Ranch Mansion (in Highlands Ranch), Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing Company & Annual Flower Trial Garden). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs sightseeing site.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Wolf Creek Ski Resort (in Pagosa Springs), Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, &more) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits, view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in December; daily highs in Durango reach 40°F and lows reach 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 3 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway) and Powderhorn Mountain Resort (in Mesa (Mesa County)). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have fun and explore at John McConnell Math and Science Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Junction trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Durango to Grand Junction takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Grand Junction can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs) and Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aspen tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Aspen, with lows around 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 3 nights

Ski Town USA

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, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, fly down the slopes at Mount Werner, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Powdercats.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 9°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Breckenridge

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail), Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Keystone Ski Area, take an in-depth tour of 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, walk around Frisco Adventure Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Breckenridge, expect temperatures between 25°F during the day and 14°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, &more). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip planning website.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.