31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Durango
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vail
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Durango

— 4 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.
Take a break from Durango with a short trip to Wolf Creek Ski Resort in Pagosa Springs, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, and have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip itinerary builder site.

Vancouver, Canada to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver to Durango, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in December, plan for cooler nights in Durango, with lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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, stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip maker.

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park to go to Estes Park and see MacGregor Ranch Museum, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, hit the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 4 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, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, have fun at Howelsen Ice Complex, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

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

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around -1°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Fun & Games

Vail

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Frisco Adventure Park (in Frisco), Breckenridge (Main Street & Blue River Sports) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cooper, have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, and enjoy some diversion at Ford Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail online sightseeing planner.

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aspen

— 5 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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Buttermilk Mountain, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip maker tool.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Vail in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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.