8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

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night
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Independence Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Snowmass Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Snowmass Village vacation builder app .

Houston to Snowmass Village is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Snowmass Village is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in March, expect Snowmass Village to be much colder, temps between 48°F and 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Independence Pass
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see a world frozen in time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Nordic Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Crested Butte trip planner.

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Crested Butte in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Crested Butte can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally trek along Farming Terraces.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in March, things will get a bit warmer in Mesa Verde National Park: highs are around 59°F and lows about 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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.
Head to Pearl Street Mall and 16th Street Mallfor some retail therapy. Union Station and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops (in Castle Rock), Dairy Arts Center (in Boulder) and Southlands (in Aurora). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, look for gifts at Belmar, and get a sense of history and politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Denver are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Boulder, Southlands, The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops, Belmar
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), steep yourself in history at McAllister House, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs tour builder website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
McAllister House ©
McAllister House

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