7 days in Vail & Glenwood Springs Itinerary

7 days in Vail & Glenwood Springs Itinerary

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7 days in Vail & Glenwood Springs Itinerary

Start: Austin
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  7​h
1
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Austin

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vail: Breckenridge (Main Street, Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, & more). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, look for gifts at Fuzzywigs Candy Shop, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Vail Recreation Path.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vail trip itinerary builder tool .

Austin to Vail is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Vail. In December, Vail is colder than Austin - with highs of 25°F and lows of 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Breckenridge
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Blue River Sports ©
Blue River Sports
Room Escape Games

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.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum and then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Spas Parks

Side Trip

The John Denver Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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