6 days in Springfield & Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Springfield & Colorado Itinerary

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Springfield
— 1 day
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Fly

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Springfield

— 1 day

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the galleries of Lincoln Home National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, and then identify plant and animal life at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Springfield trip maker site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Springfield. In July in Springfield, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip planner.

Fly from Springfield to Colorado Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Springfield in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Grizzly Lake Trail, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online tour planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get slightly colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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 16th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip website.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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.