16 days in Texas, New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Texas, New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Texas, New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  15​h
1
Austin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, take in nature's colorful creations at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Austin sightseeing website .

Brussels, Belgium to Austin is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Austin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect nights in Austin to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are much hotter, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at The Alamo, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at SeaWorld San Antonio.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Austin to San Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
SeaWorld San Antonio ©
SeaWorld San Antonio
Six Flags Fiesta Texas ©
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): Head underground at King's Palace, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Big Room.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Antonio in August: high temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

4
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.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village) and Blue Sky Adventures (in Glenwood Springs). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, admire the masterpieces at Aspen Art Museum, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Aspen takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August, you will find days in Aspen are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, Blue Sky Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Buena Vista online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Canon City online trip maker .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by combination of bus and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then catch a live event at U.S. Olympic Training Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements Inc., and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in August, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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