15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Themescape Escape Rooms as well as Clear Creek Rafting Company. Kids will appreciate attractions like Carousel of Happiness and Hidee Gold Mine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Colorado Model Railroad Museum (in Greeley) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and catch a live event at Coors Field.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver driving holiday 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 to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Denver when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Clear Creek Rafting Company, Trail Ridge Road, Themescape Escape Rooms, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

3
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.
You've now added Echo Canyon River Expeditions - Day Trips to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and Battlefield Colorado. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and stroll through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Echo Canyon River Expeditions - Day Trips
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. American Adventure Expeditions has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then see American Adventure Expeditions.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
American Adventure Expeditions ©
American Adventure Expeditions
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

3
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.
Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest, see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, stop by Honeyville, and shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you will find days in Durango are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Durango

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours ©
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

4
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.
You've now added Blazing Adventures to your itinerary. Take a break from Aspen with a short trip to Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and cruise along Independence Pass.

Find out how to plan Aspen trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Durango to Aspen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Hanging Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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