9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

4
nights
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.
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Frisco Historic Park and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Denver Botanic Gardens. 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 Glen Eyrie Castle (in Colorado Springs). There's lots more to do: stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Blown Glass.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online road trip planner .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Denver is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Port of Spain to Denver due to the time zone difference. In December, Denver is much colder than Port of Spain - with highs of 7°C and lows of -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

Side Trips

Estes Park, Frisco Historic Park and Museum, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Spruce Tree House and Long House. Appreciate the collections at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Cortez Cultural Center. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park to go to Cortez and see Hovenweep National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

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