33 days in Colorado Itinerary

33 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vail
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 4 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Steamboat Springs: Granby Ranch (in Granby) and Latigo Ranch (in Kremmling). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and stroll through Steamboat Gondola.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 35°F and lows at 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Aspen

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aspen Highlands and Thermal Spas. Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs--about 1 hour away. On the 18th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. On the 19th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, stop by Gene Taylor Sports, and stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Aspen sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Durango

— 4 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.
Attractions like Historic Downtown Durango and Ouray Ice Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Silverton (Silverton Mountain, Kendall Mountain, &more) and Ouray (Yankee Girl Mine & Ouray Alchemist Museum). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Snowbike Experience, see Off-Road Tours, fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Durango by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: hike along Piedra River Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online road trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Vail.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Vail

— 3 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Bring the kids along to Vail Mountain Resort and Beaver Creek Ski Area. Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Breckenridge (French Gulch, Main Street, &more). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and ski along the peaceful trails at Beaver Creek Nordic Center.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail online itinerary maker.

Fly from Pagosa Springs to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 26°F to lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy Spas and Grand Lake Nordic Center. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, East Inlet Trail, &more). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Estes Park attractions planner.

Getting from Vail to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Vail in March: highs in Estes Park hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denver

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Winter Park Resort and Denver Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Maison de Ski (in Idaho Springs), Coca-Cola Tubing Hill (in Winter Park) and Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder). There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, get in on the family fun at Colorado Adventure Park, and admire the majestic nature at Robert Clement Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Denver visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Denver, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Attractions like Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Open Space make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.