11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Belleville
Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
End: Belleville

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally get great views at Milner Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, and then identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park day trip website .

Belleville to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Belleville to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belleville in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Union Station, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Denver route maker .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 15th (Sat), hike along Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then stop by Downtown Manitou Springs, and finally explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Downtown Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, explore and take pictures at Independence Pass, and fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aspen travel route builder website .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December, Aspen is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 35°F and lows of 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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