6 days in Houston & Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Houston & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Houston
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive to Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field, Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport

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Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Helen's Garden, see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston, and then find something for the whole family at Kemah Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and then explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Houston. In December in Houston, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri), get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally learn more about the world around you at Expanding Minds Unlimited - The Colorado Springs Children's Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Houston to Colorado Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F and lows are around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 1 night
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Estes Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wildlife

Snowmass Village

— 2 nights
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Buttermilk Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Snowmass Village online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Snowmass Village in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in December: high temperatures in Snowmass Village hover around 35°F and lows are around 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.