8 days in Houston & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Houston & Colorado Itinerary

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Houston
— 2 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive to Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field, Fly to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport

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Houston

Bayou City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Galveston (The Seawall, Moody Gardens, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, and stroll around Smither Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Houston driving holiday planning app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Houston. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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 20th (Sun), walk around Garden of the Gods, then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Houston to Colorado Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 45°F and lows are around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Parks

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Denver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Denver trip maker site.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), see Off-Road Tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 17°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

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Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Buttermilk Mountain. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Snowmass Village road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Snowmass Village in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Estes Park in December, with highs in Snowmass Village at 35°F and lows at 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.