44 days in Colorado Itinerary

44 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Denver, Shuttle to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Taxi to Silverthorne, CO, Shuttle to Steamboat Springs
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Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Telluride
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 5 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
Fly

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Breckenridge

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone) and Vail (Vail / Beaver Creek Resort & Vail Mountain Resort). The adventure continues: make a trip to Main Street, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 10, fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain, and stop by The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge vacation planner.

Gaziantep, Turkey to Breckenridge is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Gaziantep to Breckenridge, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gaziantep in December, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (-4°C), and nights are slightly colder (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Take a break from Steamboat Springs with a short trip to Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and stroll through Steamboat Powdercats.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for little chillier nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Aspen

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Sunlight Mountain Resort & Thermal Spas). On the 19th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. On the 20th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December: highs in Aspen hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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Telluride

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Ouray (Baby Bath Tubs Trail, Ouray Alchemist Museum, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Telluride Outside, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, make a trip to New Sheridan Hotel, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Telluride trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Telluride in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Telluride when traveling from Aspen in December, with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton), Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and Cliff Palace (in Mesa Verde National Park). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on Durango Dog Ranch, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango road trip website.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Durango takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Telluride in December, Durango is little chillier at night with lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, see Off-Road Tours, take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum & Rosemount Museum). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, get advice or help at Glen Eyrie Castle, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around -9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Denver

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Soap Shop (in Idaho Springs), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Fraser Tubing Hill (in Fraser). Dedicate the 10th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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 find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Earthwood Collections, take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, and browse for treasures at Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques.

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Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Fort Collins side-trips: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Lucky Three Ranch (in Loveland). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, engage your brain at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens on Spring Creek, and sample the fine beverages at The Reserve Tasting Room by Old Elk Distillery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Collins route builder site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Fort Collins, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Trails

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.