12 days in Austin, Amarillo & Aspen Itinerary

12 days in Austin, Amarillo & Aspen Itinerary

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Austin
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Amarillo
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Inner Space Cavern. Do some cultural sightseeing at Becker Vineyards (Winery) and William Chris Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Spas (in Marble Falls), Pedernales Falls State Park (in Johnson City) and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours (in Spicewood). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, admire all the interesting features of Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Austin planning app.

Houston to Austin is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Austin are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Amarillo.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Amarillo

— 2 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Amarillo journey planner.

You can drive from Austin to Amarillo in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in September, expect Amarillo to be a bit cooler, temps between 84°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Aspen

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Visiting Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Crater Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Snowmass Creek Outfitters (in Snowmass Village), Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn (in Carbondale) and Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake & Grizzly Creek Trail). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, head outdoors with Above It All Balloon Company, trek along Hunter Creek Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grottos Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner.

You can drive from Amarillo to Aspen in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Amarillo in September, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips