7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aspen: Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

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Tampa to Aspen is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in December, expect Aspen to be colder, temps between 35°F and 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
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 25th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in December; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 45°F and lows reach 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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.
On the 26th (Sat), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver road trip planning site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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