10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, adventure, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen online tour itinerary builder .

Houston to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Aspen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get much colder in Aspen: highs are around 35°F and lows about 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Steamboat Ski Resort, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary site .

Getting from Aspen to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 9°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 46°F and 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Spas & Wellness
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Longs Peak ©
Longs Peak

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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 7th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, and finally snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge.

Make your Denver itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, trek along Pikes Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Ivywild School.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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