10 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  7​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Junction: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake, & more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery and learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Junction vacation planner .

Philadelphia to Grand Junction is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Junction, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Theme Parks Spas Parks

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Palisade
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aspen journey planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Junction in April: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 53°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
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Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area, hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then make a trip to Main Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): hit the slopes at Keystone Ski Area and then test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vail trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in April, expect Vail to be a bit cooler, temps between 35°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Keystone Ski Area, Main Street
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and finally fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery and then have fun at The Crooked Key.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Steamboat Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Vail to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vail in April, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 52°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Museums
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls