8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aspen Snowmass and The John Denver Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

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

Houston to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Aspen. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Aspen reach 35°F and lows reach 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Start your trip to Pagosa Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Aspen to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge visit planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

1
night
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 27th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Denver: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Sports Authority Field at Mile High ©

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 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online travel planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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