8 days in Aspen, Denver & Boulder Itinerary

8 days in Aspen, Denver & Boulder Itinerary

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8 days in Aspen, Denver & Boulder Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Boulder
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Austin

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Thermal Spas). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, stroll through Difficult Creek Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen online route planner .

Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Aspen is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phnom Penh in December; daily highs in Aspen reach 1°C and lows reach -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. On your second day here, shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Denver by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect Denver to be a bit warmer, temps between 7°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature
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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

1
night
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes University of Colorado at Boulder. On the 19th (Thu), gain insight at University of Colorado at Boulder, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then walk around Chautauqua Park, and finally make a trip to Pearl Street Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Boulder day trip planning tool .

Boulder is just a short distance from Denver. In December in Boulder, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park

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