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Glenwood Springs
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— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
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Glenwood Springs — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Grizzly Creek Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

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Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 46°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Denver.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Denver — 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
On the 31st (Wed), appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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You can fly from Glenwood Springs to Denver in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Denver: highs are around 66°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Colorado Springs — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Museum of Colorado Prisons & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.