10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Beaver Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, and then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

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Philadelphia to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 9°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Beaver Creek.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort, then take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Beaver Creek day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December: highs in Beaver Creek hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Beaver Creek

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail
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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Beaver Creek to Aspen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in December, and nighttime lows around 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then go for a walk through Pikes Peak, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°F and 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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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 31st (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stroll through Denver Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver visit app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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