24 days in Austin, Big Bend National Park & Aspen Itinerary

24 days in Austin, Big Bend National Park & Aspen Itinerary

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Austin
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Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Midland/Odessa, Fly to Aspen
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Aspen
— 18 nights

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Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Radha Madhav Dham, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel Dulcinea, then examine the collection at Museum of The Weird, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Austin Nature & Science Center, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, then contemplate the long history of O. Henry Home & Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Wild About Music.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Austin. In December in Austin, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Big Bend National Park

— 2 nights
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Explore hidden gems such as Rio Grande Village Nature Trail and Pine Canyon Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Ernst Tinaja Trail and Lower Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Castolon Historic District and see the interesting displays at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit.

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Traveling by car from Austin to Big Bend National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In December, daytime highs in Big Bend National Park are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Aspen

— 18 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.
Head to Explore Booksellers and The Bungled Junglefor some retail therapy. Vail Valley and Ashcroft Ghost Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs (in Redstone), Glenwood Springs (Roaring Fork Valley, Sunlight Mountain Resort, &more) and Monarch Dog Sled Rides (in Monarch). On the 29th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: stroll through Rio Grande Trail, see the interesting displays at Walking Mountains Science Center, fly down the slopes at Aspen Skiing Company, and walk around Frisco Adventure Park.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Aspen in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Big Bend National Park to Aspen is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in December, expect Aspen to be colder, temps between 35°F and 10°F.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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