8 days in Elgin & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Elgin & Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Elgin & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  1​h
1
Elgin
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Elgin

Elgin ©
Elgin is a city in Cook and Kane counties in the northern part of the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cantigny Park and Batavia Depot Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at North Beach Park and Centennial Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Elgin: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), First Division Museum at Cantigny (in Wheaton) and Williams Bay Beach (in Williams Bay). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Elgin History Museum and look for gifts at Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Elgin trip itinerary maker website .

Chicago to Elgin is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Traveling from Chicago in August, plan for little chillier nights in Elgin, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Elgin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wheaton, North Beach Park, Centennial Beach, Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More
Highlights from your plan
Elgin History Museum ©
Elgin History Museum
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. ©
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Long House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

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Explore your travel options from Elgin to Mesa Verde National Park with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Elgin in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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 4th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Pearl Street Mall and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary website .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Denver sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Adventure

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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