7 days in Nashville & Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Nashville & Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Nashville & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Nashville
1
Nashville
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Estes Park
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Nashville

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for gifts at Hatch Show Print, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, and then browse the different shops at Opry Mills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nashville day trip website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Nashville. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Frist Art Museum ©
Frist Art Museum

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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 18th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Earthwood Artisans, then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Nashville to Estes Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online vacation builder .

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Estes Park in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Thu), look for gifts at Two Old Crows, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs route planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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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 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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