10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

few
hours
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 18th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort and then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Houston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 29°F and lows at 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

1
night
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 19th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 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 your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive 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

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire all the interesting features of Downtown Aquarium, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

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Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, hike along Pikes Peak, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs holiday planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in December, expect Durango to be a bit cooler, temps between 40°F and 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Durango to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Durango in December, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 10°F, while days are little chillier, around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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