6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 day
Estes Park
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights


Glenwood Springs — 1 day

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Dallas to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect Glenwood Springs to be cooler, temps between 26°F and 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Estes Park.
Spas · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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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.
On the 13th (Tue), sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in December: highs in Estes Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Denver.
Tours · Wildlife · Spas · Outdoors
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Denver — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally explore the galleries of The International Church of Cannabis. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally stop by Mountain Lux Candles.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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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 16th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally deepen your understanding at Garman Sculpture Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the secrets of beer at Rocky Mountain Food Tours, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route builder website.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Tours · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip
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Colorado travel guide

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.