8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 2 nights

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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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Canon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours & Royal Gorge Helitours). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel app.

Fort Lauderdale to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, expect Colorado Springs to be much colder, temps between 45°F and 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Denver

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 27th (Sun), meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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.
On the 28th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park journey planner.

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Off-Road Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours

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Vail

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): cast your line with Sage Outdoor Adventures, don't miss a visit to Main Street, and then test your team's savvy at Frisco Escape Room.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vail day trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Vail by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for much colder days in Vail, with highs around 25°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sage Outdoor Adventures ©
Sage Outdoor Adventures
Frisco Escape Room ©
Frisco Escape Room
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort

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