14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Lafayette to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lafayette in December, expect Colorado Springs to be colder, temps between 45°F and 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, then cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip site.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Estes Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

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 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Main Street, hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Keystone Ski Area, and then take some stellar pictures from Sapphire Point Overlook.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge journey website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 25°F to lows of 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and explore and take pictures at Independence Pass.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Breckenridge to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in January, expect nights in Aspen to be a bit cooler, around 8°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Steamboat Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs journey planner.

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 27°F to lows of 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.