16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
End: Denver

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Boulder (Pearl Street Mall, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver vacation builder app .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. April in Denver sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Brownfield's, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Bear Lake and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park journey planning website .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bear Lake
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Horseback Riding Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room and then grab your bike and head to Vail Mountain Resort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Aspen is little chillier than Estes Park - with highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Vail Mountain Resort, Thermal Spas, Vail Valley Escape Room
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Thermal Spas
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort

3
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 4th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Powdercats and then admire all the interesting features of Steamboat Ski Resort.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online tour itinerary maker .

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May in Steamboat Springs, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and then admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in May: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 42°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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