14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Columbus

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Denver Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and contemplate the long history of Union Station.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planner.

Columbus to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Columbus in December, with lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Bear Necessities & Cubs, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner .

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Estes Park sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key.

Planning Steamboat Springs trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in December, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 29°F and 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Buttermilk Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs) and Marble Distilling Co. (in Carbondale). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip maker app .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Aspen Snowmass, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, then learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip maker tool .

Fly from Aspen to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. December in Durango sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 13°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then make a trip to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. January in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum.

Plan trip to Colorado Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

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