7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
2
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive
3
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Fly

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Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Park Point and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Step House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Norfolk to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Norfolk in October, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Montrose

— 1 night
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. On the 12th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Montrose County Historical Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and then get engrossed in the history at Ute Indian Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Montrose holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Montrose takes 3.5 hours. In October in Montrose, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and then learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip planner.

Getting from Montrose to Grand Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries · Childrens Museums · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 15th (Fri), see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Grand Junction to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in October, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around 32°F, while days are cooler, around 47°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Museums · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries

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.