5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 27th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City trip app .

Chicago to Canon City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Canon City. Traveling from Chicago in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Canon City, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Elevation Beer Company.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Traveling from Canon City in May, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
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River Rafting & Tubing
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Buena Vista in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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 30th (Thu): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Plan my day in Denver using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Denver sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Trinity United Methodist Church ©
Trinity United Methodist Church

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