12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
Drive
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore and take pictures at Steamboat Ski Resort, then get in on the family fun at Amaze'n Steamboat Family Fun Park, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs tour itinerary builder.

Fort Lauderdale to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 29°F and lows at 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Vail

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, take a pleasant ride with Sage Outdoor Adventures, and then make a trip to Main Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vail driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°F in December, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and finally stop by Colorado Cherry Company.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park online vacation maker.

Getting from Vail to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Vail in December, plan for warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas

Side Trips

4
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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Rabbit Hole Recreation Services - Escape Rooms (in Louisville) and Boulder (Pearl Street Mall & Avery Brewing Company). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, experience the excitement of Mid-Air Adventures, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Colorado Springs

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.