9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Grand Junction

— 1 night
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. On the 25th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at Body Therapeutics Medical Massage, then engage your brain at Children's Nature Center, and then look for gifts at Enstrom's.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction journey maker.

Dallas to Grand Junction is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Grand Junction is much colder than Dallas - with highs of 37°F and lows of 17°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Shopping · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Telluride (Ski Butlers Telluride, Telluride Outside, &more) and Silverton (Silverton Mountain & Kendall Mountain). There's more to do: stroll around Ouray Ice Park and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray day trip app.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Ouray sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ouray in December: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 26°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): hike along Rio Grande Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Aspen online travel route planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in December: highs in Aspen hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Colorado Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F and lows are around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks

Denver

— 1 night

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 2nd (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

Find out how to plan Denver trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Denver, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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.