12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  15​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Beaver Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Milan

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Carousel of Happiness.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver online tour itinerary planner .

Milan, Italy to Denver is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Milan in December since evenings lows in Denver dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
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 26th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then have fun at Howelsen Ice Complex.

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You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder than Denver - with highs of -1°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Beaver Creek.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

1
night
Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort, then admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then test your problem-solving skills at Vail Valley Escape Room.

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You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beaver Creek, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Beaver Creek

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen online trip builder .

Getting from Beaver Creek to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, and don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip tool .

Fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in December; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 8°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

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