14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Manitou Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
8
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dinosaur Ridge and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Get outdoors at Emerald Lake Trail and Alberta Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg), Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). It doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; 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 June, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Dinosaur Ridge, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

1
night
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 9th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name Catholic Church, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Denver in June: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 78°F and lows are around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Holy Name Catholic Church ©
Holy Name Catholic Church

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Windstar Land Conservancy. Take a break from the city and head to Rio Grande Trail and Aspen Highlands. On the 12th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June in Aspen, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park vacation builder app .

Drive from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in June; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 89°F and lows reach 54°F. You will leave for Durango on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church and then explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary app .

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Durango in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June since evenings lows in Durango dip to 44°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail

3
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Homestead House Museum and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Explore hidden gems such as Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Step out of Manitou Springs to go to Guffey and see Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Manitou Springs Incline and take a peaceful walk through White River National Forest.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manitou Springs travel route planner.

You can fly from Durango to Manitou Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in June: highs in Manitou Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

White River National Forest, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, Old Homestead House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: trek along Fountain Creek Nature Center and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral

few
hours
Denver

Denver ©
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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