9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Canon City planning app .

Chicago to Canon City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Canon City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at McPhelemy Park, then tour or see a game at Buena Vista Boulder Garden, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Buena Vista trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in August: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 77°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Maroon Bells in Aspen (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much warmer (89°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planner .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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