36 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fort Collins
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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Grand Junction
— 4 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Denver
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Fort Collins — 3 nights

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Collins: Northern Colorado Fishing Outfitters (in Loveland) and Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, hike along Devil's Backbone Open Space, and take an in-depth tour of Loveland Museum/Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort Collins online holiday planner.

Newark to Fort Collins is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newark to Fort Collins, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Newark in November since evenings lows in Fort Collins dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Alluvial Fan, Trail Ridge Road, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Estes Park route maker website.

Drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. In December in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.
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Aspen — 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 58 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Independence Pass, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Aspen online route planner.

Fly from Estes Park to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Estes Park in December, with highs in Aspen at 35°F and lows at 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.
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Grand Junction — 4 nights

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. Explore Grand Junction's surroundings by going to Montrose Water Sports Park (in Montrose), Ouray Alchemist Museum (in Ouray) and Restoration Vineyards (in Palisade). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, visit Downtown Grand Junction, have fun and explore at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction route builder site.

Drive from Aspen to Grand Junction in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in December, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.
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Durango — 3 nights

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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Piedra River Trail (in Pagosa Springs), The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, let little ones run wild at Santa Rita Park, and trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Durango takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Georgetown (Foster's Place Playground, Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, &more), Vail (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens & Vail Resorts Nordic and Backcountry School) and Buena Vista (River Rafting & Tubing & Sundance and Friends). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Isak Heartstone, steep yourself in history at High Line Railroad Park, and don't miss a visit to Main Street.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge attractions planning site.

You can fly from Durango to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.
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Steamboat Springs — 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 23rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then view the masterpieces at Pine Moon Fine Art. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, stroll through Steamboat Ski Resort, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Steamboat Springs, with lows of 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 5 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.
Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Pueblo and see Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs road trip planning app.

You can fly from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F and lows are around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 6 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City), Maison de Ski (in Idaho Springs) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at The International Church of Cannabis, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, and shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver sightseeing website.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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