32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Vail
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs
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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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Pueblo (Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center & Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, and explore the engaging exhibits at Expanding Minds Unlimited - The Colorado Springs Children's Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs vacation website.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in November, with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Rabbit Hole Recreation Services - Escape Rooms (in Louisville), Georgetown (Hotel de Paris Museum, Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, &more) and Boulder (Flatirons, Colorado Chautauqua: Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall, and get outside with Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver online visit planner.

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 November, daytime highs in Denver are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Fort Collins

— 5 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
When in Fort Collins, make a side trip to see Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley, approximately Greeley away. There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, take an in-depth tour of Totally 80's Pizza & Museum, admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo, and hike along Devil's Backbone Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins journey planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Fort Collins, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Alluvial Fan, Bear Lake, &more) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's lots more to do: get a tailor-made plan with Estes Park Guided Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Estes Park planner.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Durango.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Pagosa Springs (Spas, Piedra River Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits, shop like a local with Earthen Vessel Gallery, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Durango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Estes Park in December: highs in Durango hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aspen tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Durango to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in December, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 10°F, while days are little chillier, around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vail: Breckenridge (High Line Railroad Park, Main Street, &more), Frisco Escape Room (in Frisco) and Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with Sage Outdoor Adventures, get engrossed in the history at 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company, and admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vail trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in December: highs in Vail hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then trot along with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°F in Steamboat Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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.