10 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Estes Park Itinerary

10 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Estes Park Itinerary

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Denver

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, then engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

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Des Moines to Denver is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Des Moines in March, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Chapel on the Rock and Moraine Park Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill and Hallett Peak. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway in Kremmling (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, and delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

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You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in March, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Estes Park

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Snowy Peaks Winery and Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Estes Park Guided Tours and Cache La Poudre Wilderness. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Collins (Coyote Ridge Natural Area, Beer & Bike Day Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at The Studio Fine Art and Framing, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lumpy Ridge Brewing.

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Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. In March in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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