9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip planning site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Idaho 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

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Mon), hike along St Mary's Glacier, examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Idaho Springs tour app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Idaho Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect Idaho Springs to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Tue), get outside with Four Mile Recreation Area and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Idaho Springs, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, cruise along Independence Pass and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planning app .

Getting from Aspen to Durango by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. August in Durango sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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