8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Snowmass Village
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then play a few rounds at The Broadmoor Golf Courses.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs route website .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in January, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (46°F), and nights are colder (19°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
The Broadmoor Golf Courses ©
The Broadmoor Golf Courses
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

3
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.
Let the collections at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Art Museum capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at 16th Street Mall and Dairy Arts Center. Step out of Denver to go to Boulder and see Pearl Street Mall, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Denver Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store, and take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Denver sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Boulder
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and then take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vail trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. When traveling from Denver in January, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vail: temperatures range from 22°F by day to 11°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Glenwood Springs, with lows of 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Trails
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
day
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Snowmass Village trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Snowmass Village takes an hour. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Snowmass Village, with lows around 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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