12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado route planner

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Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Train to Denver Airport Station, Foot to Denver, Fly to Aspen
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Aspen
— 4 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and National Museum of World War II Aviation. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

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

Sydney, Australia to Colorado Springs is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 8°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · 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.
Attractions like Denver Zoo and Winter Park Resort make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Summit Lake Park (in Idaho Springs) and Reliving The Past Studio (in Central City). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Denver road trip website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Bring the kids along to Thermal Spas and Independence Pass. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Carbondale Branch Library in Carbondale, approximately Carbondale away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denver to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in January, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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.