17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Idaho Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Castle Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
New Castle
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Houston

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nightly Spirits as well as Pedal Hopper. Get in touch with nature at Mount Evans and Denver Zoo. Do some cultural sightseeing at 16th Street Mall and Union Station. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, indulge your taste buds at The Source, and admire the striking features of Downtown Aquarium.

Discover how to plan a Denver trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Houston to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Denver reach 85°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Golden
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

3
nights
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. You've now added River Rafting & Tubing to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Guanella Pass and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market, get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Idaho Springs trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Idaho Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Idaho Springs to be colder, temps between 50°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Boulder County Farmers Market, Guanella Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Longs Peak ©
Longs Peak
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

2
nights
Castle Rock

Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. Outlets at Castle Rock has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Rock Park. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops, then tee off at Bear Dance Golf Club, and then admire the majestic nature at Castlewood Canyon State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Castle Rock route planner .

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Castle Rock takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Idaho Springs in August, you will find days in Castle Rock are warmer (77°F), and nights are a bit warmer (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Castle Rock

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bear Dance Golf Club, Castlewood Canyon State Park, Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Highlights from your plan
Castlewood Canyon State Park ©
Castlewood Canyon State Park
Rock Park ©
Rock Park
Cherokee Ranch and Castle ©
Cherokee Ranch and Castle

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.
Garden of the Gods has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Colorado College. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Colorado Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are warmer (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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 Whitewater Rafting, LLC, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, and other attractions you added. On the 21st (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, relax and float downstream with Whitewater Rafting, LLC, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Snowmass Sports and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 64°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to New Castle.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rifle Gap State Park, Maroon Bells, Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

2
nights
New Castle

New Castle ©
The Town of New Castle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rocky Mountains. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Harvey Gap State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New Castle day trip planner.

New Castle is very close to Glenwood Springs. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in New Castle, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Castle

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Harvey Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Harvey Gap State Park ©
Harvey Gap State Park

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