59 days in Colorado Itinerary

59 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Estes Park
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Estes Park
— 6 nights
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Telluride
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 6 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
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Denver
— 12 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gardens on Spring Creek and Spas. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Milner Pass, &more). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Estes Park route planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Estes Park is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Polokwane to Estes Park. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Polokwane in January, with highs in Estes Park at 10°C and lows at -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Telluride

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Telluride Outside and Museum of the Mountain West. Get out of town with these interesting Telluride side-trips: Ute Indian Museum (in Montrose), Ouray (Ouray Alchemist Museum & Box Canyon Waterfall & Park) and Spas (in Ridgway). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, stroll through Jud Wiebe Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Telluride trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Telluride takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Telluride, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

5
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Purgatory Resort and Animas River Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center, Hovenweep National Monument, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Snowbike Experience, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip maker.

You can drive from Telluride to Durango in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Telluride in January, expect little chillier with lows of -14°C in Durango. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

5
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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Off-Road Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Pagosa Springs side-trips: Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper) and North Clear Creek Falls (in Creede). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Core Trail and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Steamboat Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in January, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around -3°C and lows about -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Peak 10 and Frisco Adventure Park. Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Ski Cooper (in Leadville), Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown) and Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone). The adventure continues: glide through natural beauty at Breckenridge Nordic Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, fly down the slopes at Vail / Beaver Creek Resort, and look for gifts at Alpine Sports.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -11°C in Breckenridge. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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Aspen

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunlight Mountain Resort and Rio Grande Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, stop by Explore Booksellers, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in February: highs in Aspen hover around 4°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Penrose Heritage Museum and Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Pueblo Heritage Museum, Rosemount Museum, &more), Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 9°C and lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fraser Tubing Hill and Coca-Cola Tubing Hill. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing Company & Odell Brewing Company), Idaho Springs (The Soap Shop, Argo Mill and Tunnel, &more) and Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at EscapeWorks Denver, grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In February in Denver, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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.