8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado tour planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Estes Park
— 2 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The International Church of Cannabis. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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

Boston to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Denver. Traveling from Boston in December, expect little chillier with lows of 19°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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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 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then 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, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and then stop by Christmas in Manitou.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Aspen.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and then walk around The John Denver Sanctuary. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip planning site.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Aspen is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 35°F and lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Estes Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Side Trip
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Estes Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Estes Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in December: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Scenic Drive
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.