8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+3
Subway + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  6 h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 8th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in February; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 35°F and lows reach 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Spas
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Spas
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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 10th (Mon): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in February: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 29°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Parks
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area, have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vail trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Vail, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 15°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek
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Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then get a new perspective on nature at Expanding Minds Unlimited - The Colorado Springs Children's Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planning app.

Getting from Vail to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Vail in February, things will get a bit warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 46°F and lows about 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. February in Denver sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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