36 days in Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly
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Durango
— 3 nights
Fly
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and visit Old Colorado City.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planning website.

Joplin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Joplin to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Joplin in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Pagosa Springs (Spas & Piedra River Trail), Balcony House (in Mesa Verde National Park) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's more to do: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and see Off-Road Tours.

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Fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Durango sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Spas

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Georgetown (Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour & Foster's Place Playground). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Main Street, get all the equipment you need at Blue River Sports, stroll around High Line Railroad Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge online visit planner.

You can fly from Durango to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in November, plan for little chillier days in Breckenridge, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Steamboat Springs: Hot Sulphur Springs (Pioneer Village Museum & Byers Canyon). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and grab your bike and head to Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°F in Steamboat Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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). There's still lots to do: cruise along Independence Pass, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aspen travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 5 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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Alluvial Fan, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, and admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect Estes Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 46°F and 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Collins: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Chapungu Sculpture Park (in Loveland). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, get engrossed in the history at Totally 80's Pizza & Museum, view the masterpieces at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Fort Collins trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Estes Park to Fort Collins by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Fort Collins, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trips

Denver

— 6 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: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Flatirons, &more) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Botanic Gardens, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Laws Whiskey House.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver trip app.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.