22 days in Colorado, New York City & Orlando Itinerary

22 days in Colorado, New York City & Orlando Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado, New York City & Orlando Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

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 15th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. On the 17th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Aspen is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 1°C and lows are around -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally stroll through Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Expanding Minds Unlimited - The Colorado Springs Children's Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in December, with highs in Colorado Springs at 8°C and lows at -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Carousel of Happiness and Littleton Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Denver in Lone Tree (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 21st (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Denver, Carousel of Happiness, Littleton Museum
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Littleton Museum ©
Littleton Museum
iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Denver ©
iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Denver

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and New York Public Library. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, make a trip to Rockefeller Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

You can fly from Denver to New York City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in December, New York City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

5
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Thu) at Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Discovery Cove. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, meet the residents at SeaWorld Orlando, look for gifts at The LEGO Store Downtown Disney, and laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Orlando trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Orlando takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Orlando at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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