7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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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 21st (Fri): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort and then have fun at Howelsen Ice Complex.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Kansas City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in December, things will get slightly colder in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 29°F and lows about 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Winter Sports Trails Parks
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Mountain Resort, admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then test your problem-solving skills at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vail travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, adventure, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 35°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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.
On the 26th (Wed), go for a walk through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

Fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in December, with highs in Colorado Springs at 45°F and lows at 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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