5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 day

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 20th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Ski Resort and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip maker website.

Newark to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Steamboat Springs. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in January: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 27°F and lows are around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, examine the collection at Walking Mountains Science Center, and then hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vail trip planner.

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°F in Vail. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in January, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (34°F), and nights are slightly colder (8°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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.