10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  6 h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Silverton
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Chicago

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.
On the 15th (Wed), trek along Hanging Lake Trail. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker site .

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get a bit cooler in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Silverton.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Fri), go deep underground at Idarado Mine and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

For traveler tips, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Silverton vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Silverton takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in July: highs in Silverton hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Silverton

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Idarado Mine ©
Idarado Mine

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista route maker site .

Getting from Silverton to Buena Vista by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Silverton in July, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in July, with highs in Estes Park at 91°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver online route builder .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): walk around Garden of the Gods, then take an in-depth tour of Miramont Castle Museum, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Miramont Castle Museum
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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