12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs holiday maker app.

Getting from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In November, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder than Estes Park - with highs of 43°F and lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Aspen

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Independence Pass, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip planning app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 55°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along Crown Hill Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planning site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.