5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

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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 when traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in May since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, things will get a bit cooler in Buena Vista: highs are around 62°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Four Mile Recreation Area ©
Four Mile Recreation Area

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Denver takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, Denver is a bit warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Tours

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River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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