8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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.
On the 1st (Wed), get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder website.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5- hour flight. 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, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park route website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at St Mary's Glacier, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Idaho Springs tour planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Idaho Springs in 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July: high temperatures in Idaho Springs hover around 53°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner.

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Idaho Springs in July, you will find days in Buena Vista are much warmer (80°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen online itinerary planner.

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Aspen are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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