9 days in Colorado Springs, Montana & Midwest Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Springs, Montana & Midwest Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
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West Glacier
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Keystone
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Chicago
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Royal Gorge Bridge and Park). There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

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Huntsville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Huntsville to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Huntsville in July, Colorado Springs is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly to West Glacier.
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West Glacier — 2 nights

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): trek along Avalanche Lake, then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass.

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You can fly from Colorado Springs to West Glacier in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for little chillier nights in West Glacier, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Keystone.
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Keystone — 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

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Getting from West Glacier to Keystone by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from West Glacier in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Keystone, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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You can fly from Keystone to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Chicago is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Keystone in August: high temperatures in Chicago hover around 83°F and lows are around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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