8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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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 3rd (Thu), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel tool.

Memphis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Memphis in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Denver

Mile-High City

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 5th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Estes Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

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Breckenridge

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll around Frisco Adventure Park, then walk around Carter Park, then don't miss a visit to Main Street, and finally hit the slopes at Blue River Sports.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Estes Park, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 25°F to lows of 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Buttermilk Mountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.