Your Complete Texas to Colorado Road Trip Planner

Don’t let the Great Plains of the Midwest taint your road trip. Make the most of your 12+ hour car ride with our thorough Texas to Colorado road trip planner. Take your time and see all of the best sights from Dallas to Denver. Traveling on four wheels has never looked this exciting. Once you’ve arrived in Vail Valley, be sure to access our exclusive Vacation Guide for the best things to see and do during your vacation.  

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Why waste money on a pricy ticket into Denver when there’s so much to see from the ground? Don’t rush your trip—Vail will be there when you get there. We have all of the best stops throughout Texas and Colorado to refill your adventure tank and keep you going until you reach the mountains.

  • Grab Breakfast at Ida Clarie  

Pancakes with blueberriesGet your drive started in the right direction with breakfast at Ida Clarie in Dallas. The restaurant specializes in southern cuisine with a twist. You can’t go wrong with anything at Ida Clarie, but we recommend trying the crispy pork belly biscuit, sweet potato chip duck confit, or waffles benedict. During a cool Texas morning, you’ll want to hang out on the ornately decorated Airstream on the back patio.  

  • Shop Around Alley Cat Vintage

Alley Cat Vintage Mercantile in Wichita Falls is not your ordinary antique shop. With 35,000 square feet of floor space, you are sure to find something to commemorate your road trip with at the warehouse. There is, literally, something for everyone at Alley Cat. Find a new-to-you novel at their Three Dogs Bookstore, a vintage pair of sunglasses (in case you forgot yours at home), or a new vinyl to add to your collection.

  • Be a Tourist at Cadillac Ranch

Chances are you’ve heard of the long-standing, roadside art display of buried cars, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, but have you seen it in person? If your answer is no, you’ll want to take the ten minutes out of your road trip to veer onto the dirt road leading to a row of colorful Cadillacs buried in the desert. Take your selfies with the graffiti-covered cars of times passed and continue on north to the Rockies.

  • Discover Garden of the Gods

Garden of the GodsCongratulations, you’ve made it to Colorado! While you may be anxious to get to the mountains, don’t let the bustling town of Colorado Springs pass you by. Welcome your Rocky Mountain vacation by climbing the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods. The red rock, Pikes Peak base is the perfect spot for a short adventure and opportunity to stretch your legs. Garden of the Gods is unlike any other national wonder in the world—you won’t want to miss this one.

  • Indulge in Dinner at Acorn

Acorn in the Arts District of Denver is an industrial-style, tapas restaurant specializing in eclectic, innovative cuisine. It’s the perfect spot to satisfy your inner foodie. They offer everything from comfort food to chef-inspired small plates. We recommend the pimento cheese, the oak roasted mussels, Moroccan monkfish, or the tomato braised meatballs. Don’t forget to save room for dessert—the chocolate and coffee mousse is one of the best in town.   

Arrive at Your Final Destination

As exciting as your road trip is, you’ll be ready to kick back in your Vail vacation rental once you’ve arrived. Book your stay in the newly remodeled Golf Course #53 Townhome. The spacious home sleeps eight and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Amenities include flat-screen TVs in every room, a six-person dining table, kitchen bar, a private deck backing up to the mountains, and king-size furnishings. The townhome offers two assigned parking spaces with an elevator to bring you to the front door. Find your perfect rental at Gore Creek Properties today!