43 days in Colorado Itinerary

43 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Fort Collins
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
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Breckenridge
— 5 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Denver
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Fort Collins

— 4 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Explore Fort Collins' surroundings by going to Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, sample the fine beverages at The Reserve Tasting Room by Old Elk Distillery, examine the collection at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, and take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Fort Collins tour planner.

Denver to Fort Collins is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Grand Lake Nordic Center (in Grand Lake) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Milner Pass, Trail Ridge Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip builder website.

Getting from Fort Collins to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon), Vail (Vail Mountain Resort & Vail Recreation Path) and Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Main Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Keystone Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, and go for a walk through Vail Pass Path.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge travel planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, approximately Craig away. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at The Crooked Key, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and don't miss a visit to Steamboat Ski Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online itinerary planner.

Getting from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Breckenridge in January since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 7°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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: Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, and stroll through Buttermilk Mountain.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Aspen vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 8°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 4 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Explore Pagosa Springs' surroundings by going to Creede (North Clear Creek Falls, Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort, trek along Piedra River Trail, don't miss a visit to Chad Haspels Sculpture Studio, and take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Durango

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durango: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, &more), Ouray (Box Canyon Waterfall & Park & Off-Road Tours) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Durango vacation builder website.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 5 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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, approximately Pueblo away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions planner.

Getting from Durango to Colorado Springs by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durango in January: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 46°F and lows are around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

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: Boulder (Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, Pearl Street Mall, &more) and Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning site.

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 January, daytime highs in Denver are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.