35 days in Colorado Itinerary

35 days in Colorado Itinerary

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35 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Drive:  25​h
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 7 nights
Drive:  28​h
End: Toronto

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Evans and Cherry Creek State Park. Step out of Denver with an excursion to Flatirons in Boulder--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Flatirons, Cherry Creek State Park
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at The Old Fashion Candy Store, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

7
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, play a few rounds at The Broadmoor Golf Courses, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs vacation builder app .

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Fort Royal Stables - CLOSED, take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Canon City using our trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

4
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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.
Get outdoors at Vail Mountain Resort and Keystone Ski Area. Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Leadville (Leadville National Fish Hatchery & Temple Israel Museum). On the 11th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Main Street, stop by Breckenridge Hat Co, and play a few rounds at Breckenridge Golf Club.

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You can drive from Canon City to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Canon City, expect colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of -6°C to lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leadville, Keystone Ski Area, Vail Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Golf Club ©
Breckenridge Golf Club
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

6
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get in touch with nature at Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Step out of Steamboat Springs to go to Walden and see Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, stop by F M Light & Sons, laugh and play at Old Town Hot Springs, and tee off at Haymaker Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around -2°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Mount Werner ©
Mount Werner

7
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aspen Snowmass and Blue Mesa Fishing. Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & Hanging Lake Trail) and Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village). On the 24th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's still lots to do: cruise along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and explore the world behind art at Aspen Art Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aspen holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, Aspen is a bit warmer at night with lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Village, Blue Mesa Fishing
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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