8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  6 h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hike along Hanging Lake Trail. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Glenwood Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Glenwood Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Tours
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista holiday website.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buena Vista, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, things will get a bit warmer in Estes Park: highs are around 87°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder app.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

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