8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Forney Museum of Transportation and Clyfford Still Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, get engrossed in the history at History Colorado Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Denver tour itinerary planning app.

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Denver due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in January: high temperatures in Denver hover around 44°F and lows are around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then sample the fine beverages at Breckenridge Distillery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Breckenridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Denver in January, expect Breckenridge to be slightly colder, temps between 25°F and 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Breweries & Distilleries · Spas · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Crested Butte Mountain Resort, hit the slopes at Crested Butte Nordic Center, and then cruise along Kebler Pass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Crested Butte road trip planner.

Getting from Breckenridge to Crested Butte by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in January, Crested Butte is slightly colder at night with lows of -4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

1
night
Grand Junction

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, get curious at Children's Nature Center, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Grand Junction takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Crested Butte in January: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 36°F and lows are around 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in January, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 27°F and lows about 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.