8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

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.
On the 1st (Sun), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 300 Days of Shine. On your second day here, stroll around Garden of the Gods and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Indianapolis in December, with lows around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

300 Days of Shine
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, fly down the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Elkins Distilling Co.

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Drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Estes Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maroon Bells and Aspen Snowmass. Venture out of the city with trips to Woody Creek Distillery (in Basalt), Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in December, with highs in Aspen at 35°F and lows at 10°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Woody Creek Distillery, Thermal Spas, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, Aspen Snowmass
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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