20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
3
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
4
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
7
Durango
— 3 nights

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and then trek along Palmer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, thenadmire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally listen to music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder website.

Lafayette to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Lafayette in December, expect Colorado Springs to be colder, temps between °F and °F. You'll set off for Estes Park on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dancing Pines Distillery and Chapel on the Rock. You'll explore and learn at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Spas (in Grand Lake) and Rabbit Mountain Open Space (in Longmont). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and sample the fine beverages at Elkins Distilling Co..

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Estes Park tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In December in Estes Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Spas, Rabbit Mountain Open Space
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frisco Adventure Park and Peak 10. Visiting Vail / Beaver Creek Resort and Blue River Sports will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Beaver Creek Nordic Center (in Avon) and Granby Ranch (in Granby). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, get outside with Breckenridge Freeride Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and look for gifts at Alpine Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge trip tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in December, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail / Beaver Creek Resort, 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, Granby Ranch, Frisco Adventure Park, Beaver Creek Nordic Center
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Vail / Beaver Creek Resort ©
Vail / Beaver Creek Resort
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Granby Ranch ©
Granby Ranch

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Mount Werner, thenfly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Northwest Colorado.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs vacation builder app.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Steamboat Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Museum of Northwest Colorado
Highlights from your plan
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunlight Mountain Resort and Monarch Mountain. Escape the urban bustle at Buttermilk Mountain and Castle Creek Road. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Cooper Corner Gallery about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Highlands, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, take in the natural beauty of Conundrum Hot Springs, and hike along Grottos Trail.

Start your trip to Aspen by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Monarch Mountain
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Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Monarch Mountain ©
Monarch Mountain

2
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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, take in the natural beauty of Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, thentrek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, thensee Off-Road Tours, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ouray trip builder website.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in January since evenings lows in Ouray dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Ridgway State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Ridgway State Park ©
Ridgway State Park

3
nights
Durango

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Snowbike Experience and Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Rim Trail/ Campus Loop and The Colorado Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores) and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Scenic Aperture Gallery, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, and take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durango trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Durango when traveling from Ouray in January, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Snowbike Experience ©
The Snowbike Experience
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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