8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Garden of the Gods and United States Air Force Academy. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to The Emporium in Castle Rock--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online vacation planner.

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Indianapolis in January, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 18°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Steamboat Springs.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Steamboat Springs — 1 night

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Steamboat Ski Resort, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in January: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 27°F and lows are around 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Glenwood Springs — 1 night

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs tour site.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Glenwood Springs, with lows around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.
Theme Parks · Spas

Breckenridge — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Main Street, stroll through Vail Mountain Resort, and then fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge online travel route planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

Denver — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Breckenridge in January, expect Denver to be a bit warmer, temps between 44°F and 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Colorado travel guide

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.