12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: New York City

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Aspen Snowmass. Change things up with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, explore the world behind art at Aspen Art Museum, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip planning website .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 31°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in December, plan for slightly colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 21°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail Mountain Resort
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Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Evans and Denver Zoo. The adventure continues: see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. December in Denver sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hike along Pikes Peak and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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