6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company and then see Off-Road Tours. On your second day here, stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planning site.

Chicago to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in June: highs in Estes Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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 24th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista itinerary tool.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Colorado Springs - with highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
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 26th (Fri): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

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