7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Montrose
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and then view the masterpieces at American Museum of Western Art. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning tool .

Houston to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Denver is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in October: highs in Denver hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Mon), cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Spas
Photography Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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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 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Estes Park in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and then take an in-depth tour of Montrose County Historical Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montrose trip builder .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Montrose takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Montrose County Historical Museum ©
Montrose County Historical Museum

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