8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  6​h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Austin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

Austin to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Austin in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Estes Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Spas

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Spas

2
nights
Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

Make your Denver itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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.
On the 30th (Mon), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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 1st (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen route app .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Colorado Springs in December, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 35°F and lows about 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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