11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Winter Park
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Garden of the Gods, The Golden Bee and Adventures Out West. On the 9th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Crystal Falls, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, look for gifts at Christmas in Manitou, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then enjoy unforgettable views with Adventures Out West, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at The Golden Bee. Keep things going the next day: trek along Mount Cutler Trail, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs route planning app.

Austin to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in December, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be cooler, around 18°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Aspen.
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Aspen — 2 nights

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 Independence Pass, Aspen Paragliding and Aspen Whitewater Rafting. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): add some fun to your beach time Aspen Whitewater Rafting, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and finally cruise along Independence Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: get some jogging in at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker tool.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Aspen is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 35°F and lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Winter Park.
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Winter Park — 2 nights

Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Winter Park Resort, then find something for the whole family at Colorado Adventure Park, and then don't miss a visit to Fraser Tubing Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Winter Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Winter Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Aspen in December, you will find days in Winter Park are slightly colder (17°F), and nights are about the same (6°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Winter Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Winter Park in December: highs in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.
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Denver — 1 night

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.
You've now added Downtown Aquarium to your itinerary. On the 16th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Downtown Aquarium.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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