7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Silverton
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

Charlotte to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Estes Park, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

Plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 6th (Sat), grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Silverton.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail

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night
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Island Lake, then take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society, and then head outdoors with Middleton Motorsports.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Silverton trip planner.

Getting from Durango to Silverton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Silverton to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors Nature Parks
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San Juan County Historical Society ©
Middleton Motorsports ©
Middleton Motorsports
Island Lake ©
Island Lake

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, hike along Bear Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, then make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ouray day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Silverton to Ouray takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

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