50 days in Colorado Itinerary

50 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado itinerary planner

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Durango
— 4 nights
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Grand Junction
— 5 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 6 nights
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Estes Park
— 6 nights
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Fort Collins
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 7 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Durango side-trips: Pagosa Springs (Spas, Piedra River Trail, &more), Ouray (Ouray Alchemist Museum & Ouray County Museum) and Idarado Mine (in Silverton). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, see Off-Road Tours, shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Durango tour builder website.

Houston to Durango is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Durango, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Houston in November, with highs in Durango at 52°F and lows at 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Durango

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Junction

— 5 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Junction: Black Ridge Wilderness Study Area (in Fruita), Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway) and Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose). On the 20th (Fri), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, stop by Enstrom's, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and meet the residents at Children's Nature Center.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Durango to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Grand Junction, with lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.
Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Thermal Spas about 58 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Independence Pass, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Aspen holiday builder website.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, Aspen is a bit cooler than Grand Junction - with highs of 47°F and lows of 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 5 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Explore Steamboat Springs' surroundings by going to Hot Sulphur Springs (Pioneer Village Museum & Byers Canyon). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and trek along Thunderhead Hiking Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. November in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 6 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Breckenridge side-trips: Keystone (Keystone Ski Area & Arapahoe Basin), Georgetown (Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour & Loveland Ski Area) and Vail (Vail Interfaith Chapel, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, steep yourself in history at High Line Railroad Park, take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, and fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Breckenridge trip builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Bear Lake, Trail Ridge Road, &more) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's much more to do: take a memorable excursion with Estes Park Guided Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Fort Collins

— 5 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing Company, see the sky in a new way at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, get engrossed in the history at Loveland Museum/Gallery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Reserve Tasting Room by Old Elk Distillery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fort Collins trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fort Collins: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trips

Denver

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder (Flatirons, Colorado Chautauqua: Park, &more), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Guanella Pass (in Georgetown). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 6 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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Pueblo (Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, &more). Pack the 27th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's much more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Museums

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.