5 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

5 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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5 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

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hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dinosaur Ridge as well as Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Denver due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 66°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Morrison
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red Rock Canyon, Mount Cutler Trail, Seven Falls, and other attractions you added. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, get engrossed in the history at Manitou Springs Heritage Center, stop by Downtown Manitou Springs, then get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs online journey builder .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 27th (Mon), you're off toDenver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Rainbow Falls
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Seven Bridges Trail ©
Seven Bridges Trail

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night
Denver

Denver ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Civic Center Park, Denver Zoo and Coors Field. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and finally stroll through Civic Center Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver route planner .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

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