9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Canon City
— Few hours
Drive
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Pueblo
— Few hours
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
You've now added Denver Botanic Gardens to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Sky Pond. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, explore the activities along Dream Lake, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and trek along Tundra Communities Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

1
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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.
You've now added Hanging Lake Trail to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, around 47°F, while days are much colder, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Buena Vista hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 47°F. You'll set off for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

1
night

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then hike along Mosca Pass Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel website.

Explore your travel options from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

few
hours
Canon City

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, CaƱon City straddles the Arkansas River.
To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City vacation maker website.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Canon City with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 61°F. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Pueblo.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

few
hours
Pueblo

Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pueblo trip planning tool.

You can drive from Canon City to Pueblo in an hour. Another option is to drive. August in Pueblo sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Denver.

Things to do in Pueblo

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

1
night
Denver

Mile-High City

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Denver journey app.

Drive from Pueblo to Denver in 2 hours. When traveling from Pueblo in August, plan for slightly colder days in Denver, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Childrens Museums

Colorado travel guide

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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.