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Houston to Estes Park drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets


Houston to Estes Park road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Houston to Estes Park. If you're planning a road trip to Estes Park, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Houston and Estes Park. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Houston
drive for about 2 hours

10:52 am  Buc-ee's
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:52 am
drive for about 3 hours

2:43 pm  Dallas
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 5:13 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:30 pm  Wichita Falls
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Wichita Falls
drive for about 3 hours

1:03 pm  Palo Duro Canyon
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:03 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

3:28 pm  Amarillo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:28 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:50 pm  Dalhart
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Dalhart
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:34 am  Trinidad (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:34 pm
drive for about 3 hours

3:39 pm  Denver
stay for about 3.5 hours and leave at 7:09 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:37 pm  arrive in Estes Park
stay at The Stanley Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Houston, Texas.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

Buc-ee's  (2 mentions)
Dallas  (104 answers)
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science  (14 mentions)
    Dallas Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza  (10 mentions)
    Nasher Sculpture Center  (9 mentions)
    Klyde Warren Park  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Dallas:
        Pecan Lodge
        Lockhart Smokehouse
        Peggy Sue BBQ
        Smoke
        Oddfellows
    questions about Dallas:
        Where is the best barbeque in Dallas?
        Where to go for lunch in Dallas?
        Going to Dallas for 2 weeks - what to see?
        Best free things to do in Dallas?
        Best breakfast spots in Dallas?
Wichita Falls
Palo Duro Canyon
Amarillo  (21 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
Dalhart
Trinidad (Colorado)  (3 answers)
Denver  (150 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Estes Park, Colorado.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



Where's the best place to stay in Estes Park?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Estes Park.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Stanley Hotel, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Estes Park? Click the blue button below.





What are some things to do in Estes Park?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Estes Park. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Josie from asked:
DEN to Kremmling via Rocky Mountain Nat Park  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Estes Park to Houston drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Houston to Estes Park. Or get a full Houston to Estes Park flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Houston well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Houston!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,081 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 48 minutes
Estes Park is 1 hour behind Houston
84 Houston travel answers
104 Dallas travel answers
1 Wichita Falls travel answer
21 Amarillo travel answers
3 Trinidad (Colorado) travel answers
150 Denver travel answers
20 Estes Park travel answers





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