9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Fruita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

1
night
Fruita

Fruita ©
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fruita road trip planner .

Saint Louis to Fruita is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Fruita. Traveling from Saint Louis in December, expect Fruita to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Fruita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area, Colorado National Monument
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip builder .

You can drive from Fruita to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Fruita in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 26°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Spas Outdoors

Side Trips

Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, Rocky Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 30th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at The Crooked Key and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°F in Steamboat Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Winter Park Resort and Mini Incline. Kids will appreciate attractions like Garden of the Gods and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Estes Park) and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (in Colorado Springs). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Denver is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, Spas, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Winter Park Resort, Mini Incline
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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