32 days in Chicago & Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Chicago & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Chicago
— 6 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Change things up with a short trip to Bengtson's Pumpkin Fest in Homer Glen (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, and get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chicago. In August, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Mueller State Park (in Divide) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning website.

You can fly from Chicago to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Fun & Games · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 4 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Flatirons (in Boulder), Guanella Pass (in Georgetown) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 4 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park to go to Nederland and see Carousel of Happiness, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cañon City online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Cañon City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

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Getting from Cañon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cañon City in August; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 77°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Aspen

— 4 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery, Thermal Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and stop by Snowmass Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen route planner.

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Aspen, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ouray Ice Park and then head outdoors with Molas Pass.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery, then get a taste of local nightlife at Animas Chocolate Company, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Honeyville and then explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest.

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You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 30th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, then get a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park route planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.