12 days in Las Cruces & Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Las Cruces & Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Las Cruces & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Las Cruces
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Austin

1
night
Las Cruces

Las Cruces
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Cruces trip itinerary planning site .

Austin to Las Cruces is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in November, expect Las Cruces to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 38°F. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Museums

4
nights
Aspen

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs, approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hike along Difficult Creek Trail, take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Las Cruces to Aspen by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Las Cruces in November, expect Aspen to be little chillier, temps between 47°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Aspen to Denver by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Denver: highs are around 54°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and North Pole - Santa's Workshop will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs vacation builder tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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