13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Manchester

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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, adventure, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass, and cruise along Independence Pass.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Aspen online tour itinerary maker .

Manchester, UK to Aspen is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Aspen. When traveling from Manchester in December, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at Vail Valley Escape Room and then take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vail visit planning tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 27th (Thu), stroll through Steamboat Ski Resort and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Powdercats. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then have fun at Howelsen Ice Complex.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Steamboat Springs, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 29th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods. On the next day, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and finally admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, with highs in Colorado Springs at 8°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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.
Go for a jaunt from Denver to Nederland to see Carousel of Happiness about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Denver sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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