13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

Make it your trip
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen

— 3 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.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, cruise along Independence Pass, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker.

Nashville to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in December: highs in Aspen hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Affinity Massage and Wellness Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then relax and rejuvenate at Affinity Massage and Wellness Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in December, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 46°F and lows at 17°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Denver

— 4 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.
Step out of Denver with an excursion to Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online tour planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. January in Denver sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planning site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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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.