8 days in Midwest & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Midwest & Colorado Itinerary

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Saint Louis
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 13th (Sat), examine the collection at City Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo.

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Knoxville to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knoxville to Saint Louis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Knoxville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Saint Louis, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites


— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
On the 15th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

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You can fly from Saint Louis to Aspen in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in March; daily highs in Aspen reach 48°F and lows reach 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip


— 3 nights

Windy City

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, walk around Millennium Park, learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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You can fly from Aspen to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in March since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.