8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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 11th (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs journey planning website .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in December: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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.
On the 15th (Sun), hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then enjoy some diversion at Vail Interfaith Chapel.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Vail road trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Vail is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

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Vail Interfaith Chapel ©
Vail Interfaith Chapel

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.
When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary website .

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in December: highs in Aspen hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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