8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver — 1 night

Mile-High City

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 24th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents 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: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The International Church of Cannabis, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver route planner.

Columbus to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Denver. Traveling from Columbus in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Estes Park.
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Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Estes Park — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then sample the fine beverages at Elkins Distilling Co..

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Estes Park sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Aspen.
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Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Wildlife
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Aspen — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and then stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aspen day trip site.

Fly from Estes Park to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
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Breckenridge — 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Main Street, and then stroll around Carter Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in December, you will find days in Breckenridge are slightly colder (25°F), and nights are about the same (14°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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 30th (Sat), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally walk around Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the secrets of beer at Rocky Mountain Food Tours and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Fly from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Parks · Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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