10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Boulder
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Step out of the city life by going to Winter Park Resort and Independence Pass. Step out of Breckenridge to go to Fairplay and see South Park City Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tee off at Breckenridge Golf Club and don't miss a visit to Main Street.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder tool .

Chicago to Breckenridge is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Breckenridge due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Chicago in August: high temperatures in Breckenridge hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Independence Pass, South Park City Museum, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Golf Club ©
Breckenridge Golf Club
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort

2
nights
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 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

1
day
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pearl Street Mall as well as Flatirons. On the 22nd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, and then grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder takes 1.5 hours. In August in Boulder, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park

2
nights
Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Boulder to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 27th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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