5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
Drive
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Estes Park
Drive
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Breckenridge
Drive
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Rifle
— 1 night
Drive
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Fruita
— 3 nights
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Denver

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.
To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. You'll set off for Estes Park on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Spas
Highlights from your trip

Breckenridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip maker website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 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 much colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip

Rifle

— 1 night
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rifle holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rifle takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, you will find days in Rifle are a bit warmer (36°F), and nights are about the same (14°F). On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Fruita.

Things to do in Rifle

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Fruita

— 3 nights
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with a short trip to Arches National Park in Moab (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and engage your brain at John McConnell Math and Science Center.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fruita trip maker website.

Drive from Rifle to Fruita in 1.5 hours. In December in Fruita, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 17°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.