9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

1
night
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 14th (Sat): stop by Snowmass Sports and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Aspen is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Chicago, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll around Riverside Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around McPhelemy Park.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Riverside Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): trek along High Dune Trail and then stroll through Mosca Pass Trail.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve tour itinerary app .

Explore your travel options from Buena Vista to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Morrison.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Parks Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Morrison

Morrison ©
The historic Town of Morrison is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Hiwan Homestead Museum, stroll around Lair O' the Bear Park, then get engrossed in the history at Morrison Natural History Museum, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Morrison day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Morrison with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Morrison. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Morrison

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Hiwan Homestead Museum
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Lair O' the Bear Park ©
Lair O' the Bear Park
Morrison Natural History Museum ©
Morrison Natural History Museum

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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): stroll around Horseshoe Park, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Morrison to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Boulder.

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
Horseshoe Park ©
Horseshoe Park

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Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, then stroll around Chautauqua Park, then stop by Liberty Puzzles, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder travel planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Shopping Trails
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey planning tool .

Getting from Boulder to Colorado Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up 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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