5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner
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— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights


Breckenridge — 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Mon), hit the slopes at Blue River Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arapahoe Basin. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then glide through natural beauty at Breckenridge Nordic Center.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge attractions app.

Sacramento to Breckenridge is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sacramento in April, with highs in Breckenridge at 35°F and lows at 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Durango.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas
Side Trip

Durango — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): cruise along Million Dollar Highway and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durango holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Breckenridge to Durango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails
Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Colorado travel guide

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.