10 days in Boulder, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

10 days in Boulder, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

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10 days in Boulder, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  30​min
1
Boulder
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 4 nights
End: Denver

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Venture out of the city with trips to Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall, examine the collection at Lyons Redstone Museum, explore the striking landscape at Flatirons, and stop by Kilwins Boulder.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Boulder holiday maker tool .

Denver to Boulder is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Carousel of Happiness, Lyons Redstone Museum
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Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Estes Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Boulder to Estes Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Spas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Colorado Springs (United States Air Force Academy & Garden of the Gods), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and The Sasquatch Outpost (in Bailey). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Denver are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, Crown Hill Park, The Sasquatch Outpost, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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