40 days in Colorado Itinerary

40 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Telluride
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 5 nights
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Breckenridge
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
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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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, hike along Manitou Springs Incline, walk around Garden of the Gods, and cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs itinerary planning website.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Colorado Springs is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from San Juan to Colorado Springs. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Juan in December, with highs in Colorado Springs at 8°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Fraser (Fraser Tubing Hill & Colorado Adventure Park), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and The Emporium (in Castle Rock). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, explore the galleries of Argo Mill and Tunnel, and get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver route site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Denver sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · 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.
Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill), Gardens on Spring Creek (in Fort Collins) and Grand Lake Nordic Center (in Grand Lake). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get all the equipment you need at Estes Park Scooter Rental.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip maker.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Telluride.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Telluride

— 3 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Change things up with these side-trips from Telluride: Ouray (Ouray Ice Park & Off-Road Tours). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Telluride Outside, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Butlers Telluride, fly down the slopes at Telluride Ski Resort, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Telluride online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Telluride takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Telluride, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Durango

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Pagosa Springs (Wolf Creek Ski Resort, Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, hike along Animas River Trail, and head outdoors with Durango Dog Ranch.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Durango takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durango when traveling from Telluride in January, with lows around -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 5 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.
Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone), Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail) and Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Main Street, ski along the peaceful trails at French Gulch, stroll around Carter Park, and hit the slopes at Blue River Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around -4°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): fly down the slopes at Mayflower Gulch and then stroll through Ski Cooper. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in January: highs in Buena Vista hover around 4°C, while lows dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Sunlight Mountain Resort & Thermal Spas). On the 26th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip planning site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in January, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around -15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 6 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, trails, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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.