9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Denver
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Cortez Municipal Airport, Fly to Piarco International Airport

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Denver

— 4 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Botanic Gardens and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glen Eyrie Castle and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide), National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (in Leadville) and Frisco Historic Park and Museum (in Frisco). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, and stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Denver holiday maker site.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Denver is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Port of Spain in December: high temperatures in Denver hover around 7°C and lows are around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 4 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
The Anasazi Heritage Center and Cliff Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Spruce Tree House and Hovenweep National Monument. Go for a jaunt from Mesa Verde National Park to Cortez to see Cortez Cultural Center about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Long House, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.