10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Dallas

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Steamboat Snowmobile Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then tour along fresh powder with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Steamboat Ski Resort, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then stop by F M Light & Sons.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online sightseeing planner .

Dallas to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Steamboat Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect Steamboat Springs to be cooler, temps between 28°F and 4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Snowmobile Tours ©
Steamboat Snowmobile Tours
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maroon Bells. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells and then explore the world behind art at Aspen Art Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aspen day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, Aspen is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Mountain and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then relax and rejuvenate at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 10°F at night. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Monarch Mountain
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Monarch Mountain ©
Monarch Mountain
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

few
hours
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Buena Vista in December since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to -2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

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 28th (Thu): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Downtown Aquarium. On the next day, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denver, with highs around 42°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 30th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun ©

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