14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Cortez
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Visiting Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Blue Sky Adventures and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs journey app .

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, things will get slightly colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 69°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Maroon Bells
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures

few
hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in July: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 94°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, stop by Dardano's Shoes, and steep yourself in history at Union Station, Denver, CO.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Visit Cliff Palace and Long House for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Cortez: Mesa Verde National Park (Balcony House & Spruce Tree House). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument, get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, and learn more about the world around you at Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cortez online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Cortez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Denver in July since evenings lows in Cortez dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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