16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
You've added Colorado Jeep Tours, Spas, Balloon Rides, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Battlefield Colorado and North Cheyenne Canon Park. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide), City Park (in Pueblo) and The Paint Mines Interpretive Park (in Calhan). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Palmer Park and take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip maker .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs. While traveling from Houston, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Colorado Jeep Tours, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, City Park
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
The Paint Mines Interpretive Park ©
The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

2
nights
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.
On your second day here, put a fun spin on your tour with Denver Inside and Out, explore the galleries of Byers-Evans House, get a sense of history and politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, then gain insight at University of Denver, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Station 26 Brewing Co.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Denver trip simple and quick.

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum

2
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Valmont Bike Park, admire the natural beauty at Long's Iris Gardens, then hike along Royal Arch, and finally stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Settler's Park, then trek along Anne U. White trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Boulder online sightseeing planner .

Boulder is just a short distance from Denver. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Valmont Bike Park ©
Valmont Bike Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hit the slopes at Keystone Ski & Ride School, explore the activities along Keystone Lake, and then stroll through Keystone Ranch Resort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip planning tool .

Getting from Boulder to Keystone by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In April, Keystone is cooler than Boulder - with highs of 27°F and lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Keystone Lake ©
Keystone Lake
Keystone Ranch Resort ©
Keystone Ranch Resort

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
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 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Camp Hale Memorial Campground, trek along Shrine Mountain Trail, stop by Fuzzywigs Candy Shop, then sample the fine beverages at 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vail Interfaith Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beaver Creek Chapel, cast your line with a fishing tour, then get outside with Booth Falls Vail Colorado, and finally see the interesting displays at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Traveling by car from Keystone to Vail takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Keystone in April; daily highs in Vail reach 35°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Vail Interfaith Chapel ©
Vail Interfaith Chapel
Beaver Creek Chapel ©
Beaver Creek Chapel

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sunlight Mountain Resort as well as Splendor Mountain Day Spa. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): appreciate the views at Roaring Fork Valley, indulge in some personalized pampering at Splendor Mountain Day Spa, shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, then hike along Grizzly Creek Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, then get your game on at Johnson Park Miniature Golf, then stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Glenwood Springs are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Spas

3
nights
Aspen

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.
On the 29th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, stroll through Aspen Highlands, and then stop by Snowmass Sports. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Cottonwood Pass, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cottonwood Lake, and then take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aspen road trip app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Buena Vista, Colorado
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Lake ©
Cottonwood Lake
Aspen Music Festival and School ©
Aspen Music Festival and School
Cottonwood Pass ©
Cottonwood Pass

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