4 days in Chicago & Denver Itinerary

4 days in Chicago & Denver Itinerary

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4 days in Chicago & Denver Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field, walk around Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally make a trip to Buckingham Fountain. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago tour planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Chicago. In July in Chicago, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

2
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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Flatirons and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Chicago to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Flatirons
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River Rafting & Tubing
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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