7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Madison

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner .

Madison to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Madison in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours

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 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver travel planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Miramont Castle Museum
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Durango, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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 16th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park route website .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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