7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday maker app .

Houston to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Benson Park Sculpture Garden and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Spas

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Denver online trip planner .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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