12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 1st (Tue): hike along Manitou Springs Incline and then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Garden of the Gods and then walk around Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary site.

Orlando to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Orlando in February: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 46°F and lows are around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs road trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in February; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 35°F and lows reach 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Trails

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.
On the 4th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, then stroll around Ford Park, and then hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort and then fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vail road trip planning website.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Vail by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in February: highs in Vail hover around 26°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Aspen

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Sunlight Mountain Resort & Thermal Spas). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 8th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Aspen online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Vail to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 39°F to lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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 10th (Thu), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner.

You can fly from Aspen to Estes Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, Estes Park is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 51°F and lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Falcon Castle Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Laws Whiskey House.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in February: highs in Denver hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.