17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Black Hawk
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Vail
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Aspen
— 7 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 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Molly Brown House Museum. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver visit site .

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 21°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°F. On the 6th (Mon), you're off toBlack Hawk.

Things to do in Denver

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

1
night
Black Hawk

Black Hawk ©
The City of Black Hawk is a Home Rule Municipality in Gilpin County, Colorado, United States. On the 6th (Mon), try your luck at Sasquatch Casino and then try to win big at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Black Hawk vacation planning site .

You can drive from Denver to Black Hawk in an hour. Traveling from Denver in January, you will find days in Black Hawk are much colder (17°F), and nights are a bit cooler (7°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Black Hawk

Casinos Fun & Games
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Ameristar Casino Resort Spa ©
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa
Sasquatch Casino ©
Sasquatch Casino

5
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Keystone Lake, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Breckenridge (Main Street & Spas) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: stroll through Vail Mountain Resort and hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Vail trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Black Hawk to Vail in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Black Hawk in January, expect Vail to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°F and 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Keystone, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours, Beaver Creek Ski Area
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Breckenridge Ski Resort ©
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Spa of the Rockies and Aspen Snowmass. On the 13th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Aspen Brewing Company.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aspen trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Vail to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in January, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (34°F), and nights are slightly colder (8°F). You will leave for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Aspen Snowmass
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Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

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