39 days in Colorado Itinerary

39 days in Colorado Itinerary

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39 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h
1
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Montrose
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Denver
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

4
nights
Durango

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.
Go for a jaunt from Durango to Silverton to see Million Dollar Highway about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, and shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary maker .

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in November, you will find days in Durango are little chillier (52°F), and nights are cooler (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mesa Verde National Park: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Cortez (Hovenweep National Monument & Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, don't miss a visit to Park Point, and stroll through Prater Ridge Trail.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park journey website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. November in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
nights
Montrose

The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montrose: Dominguez Canyon (in Grand Junction), Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway) and Colorado National Monument (in Fruita). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Montrose travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Montrose in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ouray, Dominguez Canyon, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado National Monument, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake Trail, & more) and Carbondale Public Art (in Carbondale). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains, cruise along Independence Pass, and get lost in a book at Pitkin County Library.

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You can drive from Montrose to Aspen in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Montrose in December since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountains, Carbondale Public Art, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vail (Vail Mountain Resort & Horseback Riding Tours), Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Main Street, admire all the interesting features of Boreas Pass Road, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and fly down the slopes at Keystone Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip app .

Drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in December: highs in Breckenridge hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, River Rafting & Tubing, Keystone Ski Area, Sally Barber Mine Trail, Vail Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
River Rafting & Tubing
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hot Sulphur Springs (Pioneer Village Museum & Byers Canyon). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, have fun at Three Quarter Circles Sporting Clays, cast your line with a fishing tour, and hit the slopes at Mount Werner.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Hot Sulphur Springs
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
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 The Studio Fine Art and Framing, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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 out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Colorado Cherry Company (in Loveland), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Fort Collins (Annual Flower Trial Garden & New Belgium Brewing Company). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

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You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Crown Hill Park, Easy Street Casino, Colorado Cherry Company, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek) and Pueblo (Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum & Pueblo Heritage Museum). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker website .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pueblo, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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