8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then admire all the interesting features of Splash!.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Los Angeles to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Colorado Springs at 46°F and lows at 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

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.
On the 10th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver road trip planner.

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Denver are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort, then test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Vail Interfaith Chapel.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vail holiday planning app .

Drive from Denver to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Denver in January; daily highs in Vail reach 25°F and lows reach 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Trails Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Vail Interfaith Chapel ©
Vail Interfaith Chapel

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.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary. On your second day here, stroll through Aspen Highlands.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen online tour planner .

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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