12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Boulder
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip app .

San Francisco to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Nightlife

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Highlights from your plan
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

1
night
Colorado Springs

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Colorado City Historic District, Helen Hunt Falls and Garden of the Gods. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

3
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.
Grottos Trail has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Vail Valley. Get outdoors at Rio Grande Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. On the 28th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. There's more to do: look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, Aspen is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail Valley, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In August, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off toBoulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Tours

few
hours
Boulder

Boulder
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder road trip tool .

Drive from Estes Park to Boulder in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Boulder, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 52°F at night. You'll set off for Denver on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Tours

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
On the 2nd (Sun), wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip builder site .

Getting from Boulder to Denver by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for home on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Denver

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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