11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route maker

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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Georgetown
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 28th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Dean's Aspen Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

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Panama City to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Panama City in November; daily highs in Aspen reach 47°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, then walk around McPhelemy Park, then stop by Sundance and Friends, and finally get in on the excitement at Buena Vista Boulder Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Shopping

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, cast your line with Sage Outdoor Adventures, and then hit the slopes at Vail / Beaver Creek Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain and then test your problem-solving skills at Frisco Escape Room.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vail trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Vail by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Buena Vista in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Vail, with highs around 25°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Georgetown.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Georgetown

— 1 night
The historic Town of Georgetown is the Territorial Charter Municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Indian Hot Springs, go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, then browse the exhibits of Argo Mill and Tunnel, and finally have fun at Foster's Place Playground.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Georgetown vacation planning site.

You can drive from Vail to Georgetown in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Vail in December, with highs in Georgetown at 17°F and lows at 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Georgetown

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 6th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Georgetown to Estes Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Georgetown in December, plan for much warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.