15 days in Lubbock, Colorado & Santa Fe Itinerary

15 days in Lubbock, Colorado & Santa Fe Itinerary

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Lubbock
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Colorado Springs
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Vail
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Glenwood Springs
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Steamboat Springs
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Santa Fe
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Lubbock

Lubbock ©
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of Texas Tech University, then contemplate the long history of National Ranching Heritage Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Prairie Dog Town, examine the collection at American Wind Power Center, then see the interesting displays at Science Spectrum Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lubbock Veterans Memorial.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lubbock itinerary maker tool.

Abilene to Lubbock is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Abilene in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lubbock, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:
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National Ranching Heritage Center ©
National Ranching Heritage Center
Science Spectrum Museum ©
Science Spectrum Museum

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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 23rd (Sun), whizz through the canopy at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs vacation planner.

You can fly from Lubbock to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lubbock to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lubbock in August, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure ©
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Climbing Tours

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Booth Falls Trail, admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then take a stroll through Vail Valley. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vail trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Vail takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in August: highs in Vail hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:
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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Vail Valley
Vail Valley

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Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs route planning website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Glenwood Springs can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at The Crooked Key, trek along Yampa River Core Trail, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

City Different

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Miguel Chapel and El Santuario de Chimayo. El Rancho de las Golondrinas and Canyon Road will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument in Los Alamos--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dale Ball Trails.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Steamboat Springs to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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