44 days in Colorado Itinerary

44 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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Denver
— 30 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Fly to Denver, Foot to Denver Airport Station, Train to Denver

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Denver — 30 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Keystone (Keystone Ski Area & Loveland Pass), Evergreen (The Wild Game & Evergreen Lake) and Boulder (Flatirons, Flagstaff Mountain, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness, and put a fun spin on your tour with Puzzle Effect - Denver.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 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.
On the 7th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Keep things going the next day: catch a live event at Olympic Training Center and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Glacier Creek Stables.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park route planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 10°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Breckenridge Ski Resort and Winter Park Resort make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Breckenridge to Vail to see Vail Mountain Resort about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Main Street and stop by Breckenridge Hat Company.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in January: highs in Breckenridge hover around -4°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
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Steamboat Springs — 1 night

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Breckenridge in January, with lows around -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Aspen.
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Aspen — 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Maroon Bells and The John Denver Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Doc Holliday's Grave, &more). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and make a trip to Independence Pass.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner.

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. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (1°C), and nights are about the same (-15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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