5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 1 night
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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.
On the 11th (Mon), don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Downtown Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver holiday planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In January, daytime highs in Denver are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
On the 13th (Wed), see Off-Road Tours, admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in January, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are cooler (27°F), and nights are little chillier (7°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

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Vail

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Walking Mountains Science Center, then fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Vail journey builder website.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°F in Vail. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

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.