9 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Boulder City & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  8​h
1
Boulder City
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Morrison
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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night
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Boulder City trip builder app .

Chicago to Boulder City is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Boulder City reach 93°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Helicopter Tours
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 16th (Mon), explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mosca Pass Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve driving holiday planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boulder City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boulder City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Boulder City in September, you will find days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): walk around Riverside Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll around McPhelemy Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Buena Vista. September in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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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.
On the 18th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Aspen attractions planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Aspen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Forest Canyon Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Morrison.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook

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Morrison

Morrison ©
The historic Town of Morrison is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Evergreen Lake, then walk around Lair O' the Bear Park, and then grab your bike and head to Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Morrison itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Morrison takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Morrison

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Evergreen Lake
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Lair O' the Bear Park ©
Lair O' the Bear Park
Evergreen Lake ©
Evergreen Lake

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), walk around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. On your second day here, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary app .

Drive from Morrison to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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