9 days in Denver, Boulder & Estes Park Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Boulder & Estes Park Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
2
Boulder
— 2 nights
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
4
Denver
— 1 night

2
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.
Let the collections at Clyfford Still Museum and Colorado Railroad Museum capture your imagination. Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and National Ballpark Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at EscapeWorks Denver, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Prost Brewery, get engrossed in the history at History Colorado Center, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planning tool.

San Francisco to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Denver are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are colder (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Railroad Museum
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Clyfford Still Museum ©
Clyfford Still Museum
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art ©
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naropa University, thenstroll through Mesa Trail, thenidentify plant and animal life at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Redstone Meadery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boulder trip maker.

Boulder is just a short distance from Denver. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Humane Society of Boulder Valley ©
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Naropa University ©
Naropa University
Redstone Meadery ©
Redstone Meadery

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Estes Park Museum and Mountain Blown Glass. Get in touch with nature at Deer Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Allenspark to see Chapel on the Rock about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, see the interesting displays at Moraine Park Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Boulder in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Estes Park Museum ©
Estes Park Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

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night
Denver

Denver ©
On the 27th (Sun), have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Denver, contemplate the long history of Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Divide Brewery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Classes Childrens Museums
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Children's Museum of Denver ©
Children's Museum of Denver
Great Divide Brewery ©
Great Divide Brewery

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