7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Vail
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Aspen

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Charlotte to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Charlotte, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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 15th (Fri): hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, see the interesting displays at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vail itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in January: highs in Vail hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs visit planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Vail in January, with lows around 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Spas · Trails · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park road trip website.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in January, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 19°F, while days are much warmer, around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Scenic Drive
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Denver

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.
On the 18th (Mon), hike along Flatirons, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): meet the residents at Denver Zoo and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver travel planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Denver, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

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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.