8 days in Amarillo & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Amarillo & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Amarillo
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Amarillo
— 1 night
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Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amarillo itinerary builder.

San Antonio to Amarillo is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in September; daily highs in Amarillo reach 84°F and lows reach 60°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Nightlife

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Manitou Springs Incline, Royal Gorge Route Railroad and United States Air Force Academy. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then tour in style with Royal Gorge Route Railroad, then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, and finally walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planner.

Getting from Amarillo to Colorado Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amarillo in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 Georgetown Loop Railroad, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Mockery Brewing, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ouzel Falls as well as Bear Lake. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Bear Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, then take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls and then explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Vail

— 2 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hanging Lake, Vail Brewing Company, Sonnenalp Club, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, trek along Missouri Lake Trail, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piney River Trail (Upper), and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Vail driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 43°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Amarillo.

Things to do in Vail

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amarillo driving holiday app.

You can drive from Vail to Amarillo in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vail to Amarillo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vail in September, expect nights in Amarillo to be somewhat warmer, around 60°F, while days are much hotter, around 84°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Nightlife

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.