12 days in Colorado & Wyoming Itinerary

12 days in Colorado & Wyoming Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 21st (Tue), hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Yampa River Core Trail, get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online day trip planner.

Tampa to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Tampa, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater Lake Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Grottos Trail, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Aspen day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Aspen sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Grand Teton National Park

— 3 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Visiting Grand Teton and Signal Mountain Summit Road will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Inspiration Point. And it doesn't end there: hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, stroll through Taggart Lake, and explore the activities along String Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park attractions planning site.

Getting from Aspen to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Teton National Park, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Gibbon Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Artists Paintpots. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Firehole Lake Drive, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing site.

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.