8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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.
Attractions like Garden of the Gods and Olympic Training Center make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak, stop by Downtown Manitou Springs, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary maker tool .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. 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. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in November, with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Downtown Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Milner Pass.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass

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.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then stop by Belmar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): meet the residents at Denver Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then snap pictures at Denver Millennium Bridge, and finally indulge your taste buds at The Source.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Belmar
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then stop by Snowmass Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Independence Pass and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denver to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Denver in November, with highs in Aspen at 47°F and lows at 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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