12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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 21st (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

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Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
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 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip maker .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Canon City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

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

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 28th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista travel route site .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Canon City in July, things will get little chillier in Buena Vista: highs are around 79°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, then tour the water at your own pace with Blue Sky Adventures, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buena Vista in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Adventure
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Thermal Spas
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
River Rafting & Tubing
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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