9 days in Aspen, Vail & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

9 days in Aspen, Vail & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

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9 days in Aspen, Vail & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

Start: Macon
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h
End: Macon

3
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 Windstar Land Conservancy. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen vacation planning website .

Macon to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Macon in October: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 60°F and lows are around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Snowmass Sports, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Thermal Spas

3
nights
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.
Visiting Winter Park Resort and Montgomery Reservoir will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate South Park City Museum and Vail Interfaith Chapel. Go for a jaunt from Vail to Breckenridge to see The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort and wander the streets of Vail Valley.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vail journey maker site .

Getting from Aspen to Vail by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are little chillier, around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Montgomery Reservoir, The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, South Park City Museum, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs day trip planning site .

Drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in October: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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