7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Boulder
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  1​h
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, then look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Denver travel app .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery, then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, and finally grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Boulder day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Boulder takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery ©
Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery

3
nights
Estes Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alluvial Fan and Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Do your shopping at Mountain Blown Glass and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Old Fall River Road about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Estes Park online travel route planner .

You can drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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