12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Frisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: New Orleans

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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 22nd (Sat): meet the residents at Denver Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planner .

New Orleans to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Denver. While traveling from New Orleans, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): hike along Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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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 in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Red Rock Canyon ©
Red Rock Canyon

2
nights
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain, then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, and then get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Frisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in December, you will find days in Frisco are colder (25°F), and nights are about the same (14°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Spas & Wellness
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Aspen sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Frisco to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Frisco in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Aspen to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Spas & Wellness
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

3
nights
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 31st (Mon): browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 13°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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