5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Canon City
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Denver
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Denver Art Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver trip builder 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 (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, things will get a bit cooler in Denver: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Nightlife Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
day
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
Denver

Denver
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver tour builder .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for Canon City on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Canon City trip builder app .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Denver to Canon City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Canon City to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 27th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planning tool .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Old Colorado City Historic District ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery ©
Michael Garman Museum & Gallery

few
hours
Denver

Denver ©
For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites
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Trinity United Methodist Church ©
Trinity United Methodist Church

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