60 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Colorado holiday maker

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Aspen
— 11 nights
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Palisade
— 9 nights
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Vail
— 11 nights
Shuttle to Dillon, Bus to Keystone
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Keystone
— 9 nights
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Winter Park
— 9 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 10 nights
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Aspen

— 11 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake, Hanging Lake Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, trek along Difficult Creek Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ute Trail.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary builder site.

Austin to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Austin in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Palisade

— 9 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Explore Palisade's surroundings by going to Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway), Grand Junction (Grand Mesa & Dominguez Canyon) and Glenwood Springs (Doc Holliday's Grave, Thermal Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canyon View Park, learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and make a trip to The Blue Pig Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palisade travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Palisade takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Palisade hover around 81°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Vail.

Things to do in Palisade

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Vail

— 11 nights

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.
Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Frisco (Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail, Windrider of the Rockies, &more) and Breckenridge (Main Street, Breckenridge Distillery, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shrine Mountain Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vail trip app.

You can drive from Palisade to Vail in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Palisade in September, plan for cooler days in Vail, with highs around 58°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Keystone

— 9 nights
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Dillon Marina (in Dillon), Breckenridge (Blue River Bikeway, Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, &more) and Blue River Trail (in Silverthorne). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Loveland Pass, have some family-friendly fun at Tumble Bubbles, grab your bike and head to Keyston Bike Park, and explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Keystone online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and bus from Vail to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in October, things will get little chillier in Keystone: highs are around 34°F and lows about 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Winter Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Winter Park

— 9 nights
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Explore Winter Park's surroundings by going to Pioneer Village Museum (in Hot Sulphur Springs), River Rafting & Tubing (in Kremmling) and Columbine Lake Trail (in Fraser). There's lots more to do: get lost in a book at Fraser Valley Library, stroll through Winter Park Resort, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hideaway Park Brewery, and tee off at Pole Creek Golf Club.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Winter Park online route builder.

You can drive from Keystone to Winter Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Winter Park are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Winter Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 10 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get out of town with these interesting Steamboat Springs side-trips: Kremmling (Latigo Ranch & Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway), Craig (Museum of Northwest Colorado & Wyman Living History Museum) and Elk River Guest Ranch (in Clark). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, get outside with Rocky Mountain Ventures, hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online vacation planner.

You can drive from Winter Park to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Winter Park, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips