8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Beaver Creek
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 23rd (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 45°F, while nights are colder with lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 25th (Wed), hit the slopes at Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park tour planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in December: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 29°F and lows are around 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beaver Creek.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Trails

Beaver Creek

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beaver Creek trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, you will find days in Beaver Creek are a bit warmer (35°F), and nights are about the same (11°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Beaver Creek

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Aspen

— 3 nights

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.
Aspen is known for nature, scenic drive, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and cruise along Independence Pass.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen day trip planning site.

Drive from Beaver Creek to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Aspen, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 10°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.