12 days in Houston, Austin & Aspen Itinerary

12 days in Houston, Austin & Aspen Itinerary

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Houston
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Austin
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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Houston

— 3 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Explore hidden gems such as Cockrell Butterfly Center and Holocaust Museum Houston. Get a sense of the local culture at Glenwood Cemetery and 1892 Bishop's Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Galveston (Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, East End Historic District, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Houston Museum District, admire the masterpieces at The Menil Collection, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and make a trip to Water Wall.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Houston online itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Houston. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

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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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Barton Creek Greenbelt will get you outdoors. Becker Vineyards (Winery) and SoCo District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Hye (William Chris Vineyards & Garrison Brothers Distillery). There's more to do: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Austin trip builder website.

You can fly from Houston to Austin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Austin are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Aspen.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rocky Mountains and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Castle Creek Road. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Glenwood Railroad Museum in Glenwood Springs, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buckskin Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and hike along American Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Aspen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Aspen. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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