8 days in Colorado, New Mexico & Houston Itinerary

8 days in Colorado, New Mexico & Houston Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado, New Mexico & Houston Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City


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1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, Estes Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Sun), stroll around Buena Vista River Park, see Off-Road Tours, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Buena Vista takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Estes Park in September, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 73°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in September: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In September in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque road trip website .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston, then examine the collection at Space Center Houston, and then get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Wall and then engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston vacation maker .

You can fly from Albuquerque to Houston in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Houston. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kemah Boardwalk
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Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston

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