7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Boulder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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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 13th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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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.
On the 14th (Sun), see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall, and finally indulge your taste buds at The Source.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Denver road trip site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. October in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): make a trip to Pearl Street Mall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then get into the urban bustle at Dairy Arts Center, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder travel route planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Boulder

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Dairy Arts Center ©
Dairy Arts Center

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 17th (Wed), head outdoors with Quandary Peak and then tee off at Breckenridge Golf Club.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Breckenridge fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Boulder to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boulder in October; daily highs in Breckenridge reach 47°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Breckenridge Golf Club ©
Breckenridge Golf Club
Quandary Peak ©
Quandary Peak

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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 18th (Thu), trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs planner .

Getting from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in October, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at F.M. Light & Sons, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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