10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker app .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in December, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (45°F), and nights are cooler (18°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Bear Lake, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the next day, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

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

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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, adventure, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and cruise along Independence Pass.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Denver to Aspen by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Denver in December; daily highs in Aspen reach 35°F and lows reach 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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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 31st (Mon): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Steamboat Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in December, plan for slightly colder days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 29°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

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