7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Saint Louis

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. Get some cultural insight at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Littleton Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Golden History Museum & Park (in Golden) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, view the masterpieces at American Museum of Western Art, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planner.

Saint Louis to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden History Museum & Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Littleton Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Estes Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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