9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Houston
Drive:  20 h 30 min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  17 h 15 min
End: Houston

1
night
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 11th (Sun): hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary site.

Houston to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in March, expect Glenwood Springs to be much colder, temps between 35°F and 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then head outdoors with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Crested Butte itinerary planning site.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Crested Butte, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte ©
Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
On the 13th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, thenget a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hovenweep National Monument.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cortez attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Cortez takes 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Crested Butte in March, with highs in Cortez at 59°F and lows at 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spruce Tree House, Majestic Dude Ranch, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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.
On the 15th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): catch a live event at Coors Field, look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax, thenadmire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver trip builder site.

You can fly from Cortez to Denver in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Denver are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

few
hours
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 17th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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