7 days in Denver & Aspen Itinerary

7 days in Denver & Aspen Itinerary

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Denver
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Aspen
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Denver

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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 3rd (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver sightseeing planner.

Richmond to Denver is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Richmond in December, with highs in Denver at 43°F and lows at 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs), Peak 10 (in Breckenridge) and Carbondale (Carbondale Public Art & Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn). On the 8th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Aspen Snowmass, trot along with Sage Outdoor Adventures, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Explore Booksellers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, Aspen is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 35°F and lows of 10°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Carbondale, Thermal Spas, Aspen Snowmass, Peak 10, Sage Outdoor Adventures
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Sage Outdoor Adventures ©
Sage Outdoor Adventures
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

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