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:  4​h
2
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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.
Before you visit Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 November, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

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

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 outdoors at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and River Rafting & Tubing. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of World War II Aviation and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs sightseeing website .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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