16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
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Glenwood Springs
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Durango
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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 19th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, fly down the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then take a pleasant ride with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, then hike along Yampa River Core Trail, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Houston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Steamboat Springs. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 29°F and lows at 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

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Horseback Riding Tour
Del's Triangle 3 Ranch
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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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 21st (Mon): stroll through Sunlight Mountain Resort, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs day trip app.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, Glenwood Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Spas · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rocky Mountains
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
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Breckenridge

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge Nordic Center. Get in touch with nature at Frisco Adventure Park and Vail / Beaver Creek Resort. Take a break from Breckenridge with a short trip to Vail Valley in Vail, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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Arapahoe Basin
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Colorado Springs

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.
You'll explore and learn at Rosemount Museum and Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Gorge Helitours and Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (in Pueblo), Tunnel Drive (in Canon City) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle and examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

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Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in December: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Must see
Glen Eyrie Castle
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Rosemount Museum
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado Railroad Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Estes Park Guided Tours and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Spas in Estes Park, approximately Estes Park away. Dedicate the 29th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Art Museum
Denver Art Museum
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Durango

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.
Let the collections at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Scenic Aperture Gallery capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Million Dollar Highway and The Snowbike Experience. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Spruce Tree House (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Hovenweep National Monument (in Cortez). There's much more to do: hike along Animas River Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip app.

Fly from Denver to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°F in Durango. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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