8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail. On the next day, test the waters at a local thermal spa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip maker tool .

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 changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 66°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), stroll around Buena Vista River Park, see Off-Road Tours, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park tour builder app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Estes Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in June; daily highs in Estes Park reach 87°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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 25th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
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.
On the 27th (Sat), meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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