56 days in Colorado Itinerary

56 days in Colorado Itinerary

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56 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
8
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Durango
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Aspen
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

7
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Flatirons, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and steep yourself in history at Union Station.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Denver trip simple and quick.

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Denver is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Newark in December, with lows around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder, Winter Park Resort, Lookout Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

6
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

4
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Get out of town with these interesting Canon City side-trips: The Historic Beckwith Ranch (in Westcliffe) and Pueblo (Wet Mountains, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers, and stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Canon City holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Pueblo, The Historic Beckwith Ranch
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum ©
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

4
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buena Vista: Monarch Pass (in Monarch), Leadville (Ski Cooper & Mount Elbert) and Interlaken Historic District (in Twin Lakes). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and take in the dramatic scenery at Agnes Vaille Waterfall.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in December, with highs in Buena Vista at 38°F and lows at 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leadville, Agnes Vaille Waterfall, Interlaken Historic District, Monarch Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ski Cooper ©
Ski Cooper
Interlaken Historic District ©
Interlaken Historic District

5
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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.
Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon), Loveland Pass (in Keystone) and Vail (Horseback Riding Tours & Vail Mountain Resort). On the 23rd (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: cruise along Guanella Pass, look for gifts at Breck Wine and Cheese, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Breckenridge trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Breckenridge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buena Vista in December: highs in Breckenridge hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Vail Mountain Resort, Loveland Pass, South Park City Museum, Guanella Pass, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

8
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get out of town with these interesting Rocky Mountain National Park side-trips: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Lyons Classic Pinball (in Lyons) and Earthwood Artisans (in Estes Park). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Carousel of Happiness, Lyons Classic Pinball
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Collins side-trips: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Loveland (The Dam Store, Chapungu Sculpture Park, & more). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing, contemplate the waterfront views at Cache La Poudre River, get your game on at Fort Fun, and steep yourself in history at The 1879 Avery House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fort Collins online holiday planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fort Collins: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Loveland, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Explore Steamboat Springs' surroundings by going to Clark (Steamboat Lake State Park & Elk River Guest Ranch). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Werner, and take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Fort Collins in January; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 27°F and lows reach 7°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Clark, Stagecoach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Mount Werner ©
Mount Werner

4
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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) and Ouray (Ouray Alchemist Museum & Yankee Boy Basin). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durango day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 10°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ouray, Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

8
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). On the 22nd (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. On the 24th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip site .

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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