18 days in Denver & Chicago Itinerary

18 days in Denver & Chicago Itinerary

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18 days in Denver & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Medellin

10
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.
Get some cultural insight at Union Station and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Get outdoors at Cherry Creek State Park and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Estes Park (Snowy Peaks Winery, Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, & more), Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Emerald Lake Trail, Adams Falls Trail, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dinosaur Ridge, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, hike along St Mary's Glacier, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild Animal Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver road trip website .

Medellin, Colombia to Denver is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Medellin to Denver. Traveling from Medellin in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Roxborough State Park, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

6
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get in touch with nature at Starved Rock State Park and Silver Beach County Park. Millennium Park and Chicago Riverwalk will appeal to history buffs. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to University of Notre Dame (in South Bend), Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area (in Medaryville) and St. Joseph Lighthouses (in Saint Joseph). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and see the interesting displays at The Field Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Denver in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Starved Rock State Park, Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, University of Notre Dame, Grand Mere State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Starved Rock State Park ©
Starved Rock State Park
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park

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