14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs attractions planner .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Colorado Springs to be colder, temps between 45°F and 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, and look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Denver sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

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

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Fort Collins (Annual Flower Trial Garden & New Belgium Brewing) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and stop by The Ore Cart Rock Shop.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online vacation planner .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Tue), make a trip to Main Street, take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): hit the slopes at Blue River Sports, then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in December, you will find days in Breckenridge are much colder (25°F), and nights are about the same (14°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Vail Mountain Resort, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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.
Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen planner .

Getting from Breckenridge to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 34°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aspen Snowmass, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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