14 days in Chicago, Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

14 days in Chicago, Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Fly
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Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lakefront Trail and Starved Rock State Park. Get in touch with nature at Indiana Dunes State Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: Allen Park (in Ottawa), Matthiessen State Park (in Utica) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Indiana Dunes National Park. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and admire the landmark architecture of Tribune Tower.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip builder.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

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 2nd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip builder tool.

You can fly from Chicago to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, Steamboat Springs is cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs planning app.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 6th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Discover how to plan a Durango trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Durango to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Flagstaff

— 1 night

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Walnut Canyon National Monument, get impressive views of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at West Fork Oak Creek Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff online trip planner.

You can fly from Durango to Flagstaff in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Flagstaff: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Desert View Watchtower. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along East Rim Drive, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool.

Getting from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 50°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.