19 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Glenwood Springs
— 5 nights
2
Vail
— 5 nights
3
Keystone
— 2 nights
4
Winter Park
— 2 nights
5
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights

5
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Thermal Spas and Maroon Bells. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and sample the fine beverages at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs tour itinerary builder site.

San Francisco to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Thermal Spas

5
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Independence Pass and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Vail: Breckenridge (Spas & Main Street), Hunter Creek Trail (in Aspen) and Frisco (River Rafting & Tubing & Frisco Historic Park and Museum). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, go for a walk through Vail Pass Path, stop by Vail Valley, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vail online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Vail, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Aspen, Frisco, 4-Eagle Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Epic Discovery at Breck, thencruise along Boreas Pass Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sawmill Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Frisco Bay Marina, thentake in the waterfront activity at Dillon Marina, and then make a trip to Loveland Pass.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone day trip site.

You can drive from Vail to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Vail in July, with highs in Keystone at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Winter Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Dillon Marina, Frisco Bay Marina
Highlights from your plan
Epic Discovery at Breck ©
Epic Discovery at Breck
Loveland Pass ©
Loveland Pass
Frisco Bay Marina ©
Frisco Bay Marina

2
nights
Winter Park

Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Pioneer Village Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Byers Canyon. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Winter Park Resort, learn about winemaking at Winter Park Winery, thenstop by Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally explore by horseback at Winding River Resort Stables.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Winter Park online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Keystone to Winter Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Winter Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand Lake, Winter Park Winery, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Family-friendly places like Fish Creek Falls and Yampa River Botanic Park will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Tread of Pioneers Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Winter Park to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Winter Park in July, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be somewhat warmer, around °F, while days are much warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours