7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Breckenridge
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online road trip planner .

Dallas to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. You'll set off for Aspen on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Climbing Tours
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

few
hours
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.
On the 6th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip maker .

You can fly from Denver to Aspen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Denver in July, with highs in Aspen at 81°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Vail

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.
On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Shrine Mountain Trail and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail road trip planning tool .

Getting from Aspen to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, you will find days in Vail are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs journey maker tool .

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail in July, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Epic Discovery at Breck, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Nature Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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