12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Beaver Creek
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

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Vancouver, Canada to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect nights in Aspen to be colder, around -14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Beaver Creek.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Beaver Creek

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area, then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Ford Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Beaver Creek online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Aspen to Beaver Creek by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Beaver Creek

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 25th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Mount Werner, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip maker site.

You can drive from Beaver Creek to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Beaver Creek in December, plan for little chillier days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around -1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 27th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel tool.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 9°C and lows of -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sat), meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. Keep things going the next day: experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver online trip maker.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver by car takes about 2 hours. December in Denver sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): walk around Garden of the Gods and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

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.