7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  6​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary app .

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in July: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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 19th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) 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
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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.
On the 20th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park attractions tool .

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 July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: stop by Liberty Puzzles, then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trips

Boulder, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip website .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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