11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  19​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden of the Gods and Old Colorado City Historic District. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Divide and see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs vacation maker app .

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. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in June since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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 8th (Sat): stroll around Buena Vista River Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Buena Vista in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©

3
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.
Thermal Spas and Independence Pass will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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