7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation planner.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Glenwood Springs is cooler than New York City - with highs of 26°F and lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Peak 9, take in the awesome beauty at Peak 10, then stop by The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, and finally make a trip to Main Street.

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You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Nature · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wildlife
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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 5th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver day trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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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.
On the 6th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.