10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Austin

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods & Cheyenne Mountain Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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

Austin to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in January, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Denver: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Colorado Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Steamboat Ski Resort, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then have fun at The Crooked Key.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Denver in January, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 27°F and lows at 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Trails Winter Sports
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Explore Vail's surroundings by going to Frisco Adventure Park (in Frisco), Breckenridge (Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, Main Street, & more) and 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum (in Dillon). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°F in Vail. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, Frisco Adventure Park
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Buttermilk Mountain, get lost in a book at Pitkin County Library, and stop by The Emporium And Flying Circus.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip maker tool .

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 8°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen Snowmass, Thermal Spas
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

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