29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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29 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Denver

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Denver

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley), Highlands Ranch Mansion (in Highlands Ranch) and Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing Company & Annual Flower Trial Garden). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Denver tour itinerary maker website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Denver. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Highlands Ranch Mansion, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Colorado Springs

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House, Cliff Palace, & more), Wolf Creek Ski Resort (in Pagosa Springs) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango online vacation maker .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in December; daily highs in Durango reach 40°F and lows reach 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Zipline
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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Grand Junction

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. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Junction side-trips: Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway) and Powderhorn Mountain Resort (in Mesa (Mesa County)). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the engaging exhibits at John McConnell Math and Science Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction route builder tool .

You can drive from Durango to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. December in Grand Junction sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Powderhorn Mountain Resort ©
Powderhorn Mountain Resort

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Aspen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel site .

Getting from Grand Junction to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°F in Aspen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Carbondale Branch Library, Aspen Snowmass
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Steamboat Springs is known for nature, winter sports, fun & games, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and hit the slopes at Mount Werner.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 29°F to lows of 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Mount Werner ©
Mount Werner

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Breckenridge

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon), Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek) and Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Main Street, get engrossed in the history at 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, get great views at Sapphire Point Overlook, and fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge visit planner .

Traveling by bus from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Keystone, Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain, 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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Estes Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, & more). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Breckenridge to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 17°F, while days are warmer, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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