8 days in Colorado & Illinois Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Illinois Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 day
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
4
Chicago
— 3 nights

1
day
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then let the river carry you with Elk Mountain Expeditions.

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New York City to Aspen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around °F, while nights are much colder with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Elk Mountain Expeditions ©
Elk Mountain Expeditions
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, thenmingle with the ghosts of the past at Winfield, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista day trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Off-Road Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Canon City (Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, see Manitou Springs Adventures, High Country Excursions, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary app.

Getting from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs Adventures, High Country Excursions, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours ©
Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take a leisurely stroll along Navy Pier, stroll around Millennium Park, and meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chicago day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Chicago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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