26 days in San Francisco & Colorado Itinerary

26 days in San Francisco & Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
4
Denver
— 3 nights
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
6
Vail
— 2 nights
7
Aspen
— 5 nights

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. You'll explore and learn at California State Railroad Museum and Golden State Model Railroad Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Crocker Art Museum (in Sacramento), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Blue Line Arts (in Roseville). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the exciting artwork at Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect San Francisco to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Sacramento, Kenwood, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Mumm Napa, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): shop like a local with Steamboat Art Company, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs day trip planning app.

Getting from San Francisco to Steamboat Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Steamboat Springs to be cooler, temps between -1°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Art Company ©
Steamboat Art Company

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring the kids along to Spas and Photography Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park online trip builder.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 9°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Denver Botanic Gardens and Molly Brown House Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder). There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denver journey maker site.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Bring the kids along to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip 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 January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area, hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and then make a trip to Main Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Keystone Ski Area and then get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vail online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Colorado Springs in January, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from -4°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Keystone Ski Area, Main Street
Highlights from your plan
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aspen Snowmass and Hanging Lake Trail. Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Cooper Corner Gallery about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, gear up at Gene Taylor Sports, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner.

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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