8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
Aspen is known for nature, adventure, scenic drive, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, don't miss a visit to Independence Pass, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen travel route app .

Chicago to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-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 Aspen. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Aspen when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buena Vista day trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, go for a walk through Pikes Peak, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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