13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
4
Fort Collins
— 1 night
5
Boulder
— 2 nights

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Evans and Crown Hill Park. Popular historic sites such as Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning site.

Amarillo to Denver is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Amarillo in December, expect Denver to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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.
Get outdoors at Buttermilk Mountain and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells and cruise along Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Aspen journey app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in December; daily highs in Aspen reach 1°C and lows reach -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

1
night
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the long history of 1883 Water Works, then trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, then admire the natural beauty at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Fort Collins trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Fort Collins takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, Fort Collins is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 5°C and lows of -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
1883 Water Works ©
1883 Water Works

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Thu), trek along Flatirons, get curious at National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR, then look for gifts at Liberty Puzzles, then shop like a local with Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, and finally shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Boulder Creek Path, then examine the collection at Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, then examine the collection at Dougherty Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort Collins to Boulder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Boulder when traveling from Fort Collins in December, with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Boulder

Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Longmont
Highlights from your plan
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center ©
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

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