5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen road trip site .

Chicago to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in June: highs in Aspen hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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 18th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista online day trip planner .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Canon City road trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 89°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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