7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
Drive
3
Grand Lake
— Few hours
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Fly to Denver, Foot to Denver Airport Station, Train to Denver
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Denver
— Few hours
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Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mockery Brewing.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Pittsburgh in December, with lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your trip

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Hot Sulphur Springs

Hot Sulphur Springs is a statutory town and the county seat of Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, explore the striking landscape at Byers Canyon, and then relax and rejuvenate at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hot Sulphur Springs itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Hot Sulphur Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Denver in December, expect Hot Sulphur Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 32°F and 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Hot Sulphur Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Nature

Side Trip

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Grand Lake travel tool.

Grand Lake is just a stone's throw from Hot Sulphur Springs. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hot Sulphur Springs in December: highs in Grand Lake hover around 17°F, while lows dip to 6°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then boost your wellbeing at Mount Princeton Historic Bath House & Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Buena Vista in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in December, plan for much warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 38°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Spas · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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On the 23rd (Wed), admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Buena Vista in December, expect little chillier with lows of 2°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

3
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Aspen

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Aspen. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in December since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Denver

Mile-High City

On the 26th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Aspen to Denver takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in December; daily highs in Denver reach 43°F and lows reach 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.